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Military Bases: Wales

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on the discussions it has had with (a) business, (b) local government and (c) academic leaders in South Wales on future plans for MoD St. Athan; and which organisations have taken part in such discussions; (147273)

(2) what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on discussions it has had with elected representatives in South Wales about future plans for MoD St. Athan; and who took part in those discussions;

(3) what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on discussions it has had with local organisations and community groups in the Vale of Glamorgan on the future plans for MoD St. Athan; and which organisations and groups were involved in those discussions.

Metrix UK meets regularly with members of the Welsh Assembly Government, Community Councils (Llantwit Major, St. Athan, Llanmaes, Llandow, St. Bride’s, Ewenny, Wick, Llangan and St. Donat), local (South Wales) business leaders, and leaders of all the main parties represented in the National Assembly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the principal surface access routes to MoD St. Athan will be (a) during and (b) after the construction of the new military training academy. (147280)

Negotiations are under way between the Welsh Assembly Government, MOD and Metrix to formulate an agreement which will include access arrangements for the Aerospace Business Park and the proposed Defence Training Academy.