§ 29. Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received regarding the possible closure of RAF Buchan; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Spellar
In addition to a letter from the hon. Member of 4 October 1999, I have received a letter regarding the future of RAF Buchan from the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife (Mr. Campbell) as well as correspondence from MSPs. My Department has also received three letters from local authorities and agencies and one from a former MP for Banff and Buchan. In addition, I received a delegation of representatives from Aberdeen Council on 20 October 1999. Some of the issues raised during consultation require further investigation before a final decision can be made on the future of RAF Buchan. I would hope to be able to make an announcement on this subject in the new year.