HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 cc357-8W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what account he took in his consideration of bids for the HMS Vernon and Gunwharf site in Portsmouth of the contribution proposed by the bidder to the Millennium Landmark Project for Portsmouth Harbour; [57895]

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(2) how much the Government received for the disposal of the HMS Vernon and Gunwharf site in Portsmouth; what was the highest bid received; and what criteria were used to select the successful bid. [57896]

Mr. Spellar

The contribution or cost of the Landmark Project, which is taken to refer to the 'Millennium Tower', had no bearing on the consideration of the bids received for the sale of the Gunwharf site.

Offers for the Gunwharf site were sought on the basis of open market value and took into account the Planning Brief for the site previously provided by Portsmouth City Council. The bid chosen was considered to provide the best value for money. I am withholding information on the details of the sale receipt under exemption 14 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.