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RAF St Athan

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on agreements between his Department, Metrix and the National Assembly for Wales in relation to (a) the final package of proposals for the St. Athan site and (b) a date for the submission of a planning application for the Defence Training Establishment; and if he will make a statement. (139020)

An announcement was made in January this year by the Secretary-of State that the Metrix consortium had been selected as preferred bidder for package one and provisional preferred bidder for package two for the Defence Training Review Programme. Since the announcement work has focused on developing a whole programme solution (WPS). Good progress has been made and negotiations with Metrix are ongoing. As part of this work the Department is working with officials of the Welsh Assembly Government to confirm the most suitable master plan for the St. Athan site. However, until this work is concluded a date for submission of a planning application for the Defence Training Establishment cannot be finalised. An announcement on a WPS, however, is expected to be made later this year.