HC Deb 15 June 2000 vol 351 c684W
Mr. Beith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he received the report of the inspector with the revised plans for the Otterburn training area; and when he will make a decision on the proposals. [124578]

Mr. Raynsford

The Inspector's report on the re-opened public inquiry into the MOD proposals for Otterburn Training Area reached Government Office officials on 21 October 1999.

The right hon. Member will be aware of the complex issues involved and the substantial amount of evidence to be considered. I am unable at this stage to give any indication as to when a decision is likely. However, the Secretary of State does appreciate the concern of those who feel that delays are creating uncertainty.