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Land: Contamination

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions have been given by Defence Estates to his Department’s agents Drivers Jonas on the disposal of contaminated sites and interpretation of Treasury advice to obtain best value. (126745)

The disposal instructions given by Defence Estates to its agents will vary from case to case, but generally require the property to be sold with the benefit of relevant marketing material, including an information pack, land quality assessment and planning position statement. In accordance with Treasury and departmental guidelines, the property will normally be sold through open competition, either through a formal tender; or informal tender or auction, unless it is required by another Government Department or public body or there are former owner (Crichel Down) considerations.