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Fort William Diving Centre

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 25 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what compensation was paid, and to whom, arising out of the old contract associated with the Fort William diving centre.

The Manpower Services Commission paid £271,000 to the Underwater Training Centre Ltd., not as compensation, but to enable the centre to fulfil its obligations under its service contract with Underwater Trials Ltd. Under the agreement with Shenley Trust Services Ltd. for the management of the centre, which terminated when the sale to Underwater Trials Ltd. was completed, Shenley Trust Services is to receive from the commission two months' fee in lieu of notice, amounting to £10,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the new contract covering the operation of the Fort William diving school; and whether he has received any representations from anyone who is opposed to the conditions or the awarding of that contract.

The Underwater Training Centre at Fort William has been sold to Underwater Trials Ltd. Neither the sale agreement itself nor any of the undertakings connected with it involves or implies any contract with regard to the operation of the centre, which is now entirely a matter for Underwater Trials Ltd. I have received no representations on the matter of the sale.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make the full details of the privatisation of the Fort William underwater training centre available to the House.

I have asked the Manpower Services Commission to write to the hon. Member.