Committees – in the House of Commons at 10:16 pm on 19th July 2005.
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I ask whether you have had a request from the Secretary of State for Defence to make a statement to the House on the future of the Saxaford RAF station in Unst in Shetland? It has been reported to me today that it is the intention of the Ministry of Defence to make a statement on the future of Saxaford on Thursday, which would be the last sitting day of this Session. I am reminded of the comments of Mr. Speaker in relation to the conduct of the Ministry of Defence in dealing with the future of the RAF bases at Lossiemouth and Leuchars. The RAF station at Saxaford has been an integral and valued part of Unst's community for many years. Unst is one of the remotest—
Order. I have got the drift of the hon. Gentleman's point of order. I have no knowledge of a Minister coming to make a statement on the matter that he raises, but he has made his point and his comments are firmly on the record.