asked the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusion he has reached on the request by the United States Navy for alternative accommodation for personnel located at West Ruislip air base; and if he will make a statement.
[pursuant to his reply, 30 July 1980, c. 722]: I have now been able to make 100 married quarters at Hendon available to the United States Navy for as long as it requires them. As a result, it will be able to give up over seven acres of land at West Ruislip, in addition to the area already passed to the PSA for disposal. I understand the United States Navy intends to seek approval to have 100 married quarters constructed for its use on the area it will be retaining, and meanwhile to use part of it for recreational facilities. If it is not able to secure the necessary financial approval by dates acceptable to me, this land will also be passed to the PSA for disposal in due course.