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Kirkcudbright Range

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what inquiry has been carried out into alleged irregularities at the Kirkcudbright range; what was the outcome of the inquiry; what action he has taken as a result; and if he will make a statement.

A number of allegations were made in August last year by TGWU representative concerning misuse of official property and labour at the Kirkcudbright range, which is part of the military division of the Defence Research Agency. The allegations were investigated by the Ministry of Defence police who concluded that there were no grounds for proceeding with criminal charges against the individuals concerned. It was evident, however, that there were a number of management deficiencies that should be rectified. This is now in hand. The managing director of the division has taken the necessary managerial action to ensure that such deficiencies will not recur.