HC Deb 07 May 1999 vol 330 c474W
Mr. Nigel Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future location of GCHQ. [83810]

Mr. Robin Cook

I have agreed with Treasury colleagues that the project overall offers good value for the taxpayer, and I have authorised the Director of GCHQ to continue to negotiate with GSL through to contract signature. I have selected the current GCHQ site at Benhall in Cheltenham as the location for the new GCHQ building, subject to final agreement on a number of outstanding matters. I made the decision having regard to the Government's sustainable transport policies. I am very pleased that the long-standing association between GCHQ and Cheltenham is to be maintained.

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