HC Deb 02 May 2001 vol 367 cc641-2W
Mrs. Gilroy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Army training estate site utility review. [160354]

Dr. Moonie

As I said in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner) on 23 May 2000,Official Report, column 459W, the Ministry of Defence has been conducting a site utility review (SUR) of the Army training estate to identify training areas, camps and ranges which are no longer required in order that they can be closed or sold, thereby saving maintenance costs and where possible generally revenue.

The SUR has now been completed, and 21 sites have been identified for disposal. They are as follows:

Site for disposal Location
Nesscliffe—Brooklea West Midlands
Nesscliffe—Tanglewood West Midlands
Caerwent—surrounds Wales
Kinmel Park (part of) Wales
Hamsterley Forest North East
Langdale Forest North East
Ripon South Parks North East
Stang Forest North East
Fridaywood Farm Buildings East
Stonebridge Camp East
Flat 1 & 2, Grooms Cottage, Hawley Home Counties
Rand Plantation, Ash Home Counties
Land at Foxhills, Ash Home Counties
Land at Junction 4a, M3 Home Counties
Binhill Range Scotland
Marne Training Area North East
Rowlston Range North East
Halton Training Camp North West
Pilning Range South West
Wyke Regis Tented Camp Area2 South West
Quorn Terrace/Entrance Longmoor Camp Home counties
1Part of
2Tented camp area only

The Ministry of Defence expects to receive between £10 million and £18 million for the sale of the sites listed. A proportion of this, some £6.8 million, will be used to replace training facilities currently at Rowlston range, Halton training camp and Longmoor camp.