§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what terms and conditions staff from the DERA workforce will be transferred to a new organisation after the split of DERA; if the conditions of service for those who remain will stay the same; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hoon
Staff transferring to the NewDERA organisation would have their terms and conditions protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) regulations. This means that staff transferring to the private NewDERA organisation would transfer with their existing terms and conditions. The Cabinet Office "Statement of Practice on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector" covers the conditions of service for staff remaining in the Ministry of Defence. The principle is that these staff should be treated no less favourably than if TUPE regulations had been applied to them. These matters are part of the consultation process on DERA PPP which is currently underway and which is scheduled to be completed on 9 June 2000.
§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the name, size and location of DERA-owned sites within the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what plans there are to sell part of the land held by the DERA estate before the part sell-off of DERA; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hoon
This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Mike Hancock, dated 22 May 2000:I am replying to your parliamentary questions about the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) estate as responsibility for operational matters such as these fall to me as the Chief Executive of the agency.I attach at annex a list showing the name, size and location of DERA owned sites within the United Kingdom. These sites where the freehold of either all or part of the land has been vested to DERA. You ask what plans there are to sell part of this land before the privatisation of the agency. As you know, the future of DERA is currently the subject of a consultation document. MOD's proposals envisage that around three quarters of DERA would be turned into a company (for planning purposes this is referred to as NewDERA) which would be floated on the stockmarket as soon as its potential is judged to be suitably developed. This could be during 2001, though the precise timing has yet to be determined and will be influenced by the results of the consultation process.In parallel to this process, as part of our normal strategic planning, the estate, as you would expect, is kept under continuous review. This process is expected to continue regardless of any privatisation considerations. As the precise transaction point for NewDERA has yet to be decided, I cannot say whether any currently planned land sales would take place before or after any flotation. We have, however, been planning to sell off the Chertsey and Bromley 320W (Aquila) sites since 1997; these announcements were first made public in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review. The timing of these disposals will depend on progress with respect to the relocation of our staff and our negotiations with the local authorities. In addition, two smaller sites (West Drayton and Farnborough Queen's site) are to be closed in May and September, respectively, of this year. Whilst they are likely to be sold, no firm dates have been fixed for this disposal. Thus, the total number of sites that potentially could be sold prior to any proposed flotation of DERA is four.I hope the above explains the situation.
List of DERA owned sites Name Size1 Location Cody Site 150 Farnborough, Hants Queen's Gate Site 2 Farnborough, Hants Engine Test Facilities 230 Pyestock, Hants Communication Station 75 Cobbet Hill, Guildford, Surrey Boscombe Down Airfield 585 Boscombe Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire Chemical and Biological Defence (CBD) 2,620 Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire DERA Fort Halstead 135 Sevenoaks, Kent DERA Chertsey 120 Chertsey, Surrey The Maultway 100 Bagshot, Surrey Aquila 10 Bromley, Kent DERA Bedford 70 Clapham, Bedford Christchurch2 3 Christchurch, Dorset DERA Portsdown 13 Portsdown, Hants DERA Bincleaves 3 Weymouth, Dorset DERA Fraser 1 Eastney, Portsmouth, Hants DERA Funtington 16 Chichester, West Sussex DERA Haslar2 30 Gosport, Hants DERA West Drayton 2 West Drayton, Middx DERA Malvern 30 Malvern, Worcs Angle 20 Pembrokeshire Hutton Moor 6 North Somerset DERA Aberporth 170 Aberport Ceredigion DERA Pershore 130 Pershore, Worcs Applecross 2 Highland Kyle of Lochalsh 2 Highland Loch Fyne 1 Argyll and Bute Loch Goil 3 Argyll Clyde Barons Point 1 Argyll and Bute Clyde Rosneath 3 Rosneath Drunmore Harbour pier 0.3 Dumfries and Galloway DERA Eskmeals2 1,600 Cumbria DERA Pendine 2,240 Carmarthenshire Portpatrick 0.1 Dumfries and Galloway Portland Bill 10 Weymouth Portland Grove Point 0.1 Weymouth Rona Ranges 60 Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire DERA Shoeburyness 17,270 Southend-on-Sea, Essex Potton Island 400 Essex Foulness Island 70 Essex West Freugh 1,850 Dumfries and Galloway DERA Hurn 260 East Dorset Llanbedr 465 Llanbedr, Gwynedd 1 Approximate hectares 2 These sites are a mixture of freehold and leased land
Sizes are approximate and have been rounded
§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which the part-privatisation of DERA will lead to(a) compulsory and (b) voluntary redundancies; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what arrangements have been put in place to meet the costs of possible redundancies at DERA following the part-privatisation. 321W
§ Mr. Hoon
It has never been an objective of the Public Private Partnership for DERA to reduce staff numbers and indeed the opportunities provided by this process to develop new markets for DERA's products should have a positive effect on job prospects.
Staff numbers within DERA have varied in response to customer requirements and changes in the funding available for defence research. There has been such rebalancing in DERA over the last seven to eight years. This process is independent of PPP and would be expected to continue. As a general rule we would seek to avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible. However, this would be subject to the need to ensure that the organisation can continue to meet the requirements placed by the Ministry of Defence and other customers.