Colchester Garrison

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 29th October 2001.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester 2:30 pm, 29th October 2001

What progress has been made on the development of the new garrison at Colchester.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Negotiations with the preferred bidder, RMPA Services Ltd., are continuing. I expect that a contract will be let by the middle of 2002. That is, of course, subject to the granting of the necessary planning consents.

Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

The scheme for the new barracks is greatly welcome, but the Minister must be aware of the considerable concern about the design and quality of the accommodation. Is that not a direct result of the private finance initiative, whereby the companies are involved in order to make a profit, and is it not at the expense of providing the best possible accommodation for the best army in the world?