Defence Estate

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:24 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Conservative, Rochford and Southend East 5:24 pm, 7th November 2016

Although the defence estate takes up only 2% of the United Kingdom, it takes up nearly 50% of my constituency. To the east of Shoeburyness, on Foulness Island, QinetiQ does some excellent work. What reassurance can the Secretary of State give me about that land? Perhaps he could deploy the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend Mark Lancaster, to come and review that excellent facility, which I understand is the best not only in the United Kingdom, but in the northern hemisphere; my hon. Friend will also be able to blow a few things up.