Defence Estate Strategy

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 2017.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir SNP Chief Whip 12:00 am, 13th March 2017

What progress he has made on implementing the defence estate strategy.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is conducting a series of detailed assessments at affected sites, which is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete. The assessments will more precisely define the exact moves, but good progress is being made.

Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir SNP Chief Whip

When launching the reviews, Ministers said that it would release land for housing and boost local economies. What weight is the Minister giving to projects for affordable housing and other community projects in determining the price that is asked?

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The disposal of land has to follow Treasury guidelines, but I am delighted that Angus Council has expressed an interest in purchasing the land at RM Condor in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency. I am equally delighted that progress will continue on Thursday, when Defence Infrastructure Organisation officials will meet council officials.

Photo of Danny Kinahan Danny Kinahan UUP, South Antrim

What consideration has been given to the use of the Ballykinler site in Northern Ireland for social housing or housing for veterans?

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There have recently been discussions about the potential use of the accommodation at that site, and those discussions will continue.