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Military Bases: Wales

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the construction and occupation of the new military training academy at MOD St. Athan. (147283)

Metrix Consortium have been declared the preferred bidder for package 1 of the Defence training review programme. For package 2 there is a significant affordability gap and work has been ongoing to develop a whole programme solution. The scale of the facility to be constructed at St. Athan will therefore depend on the outcome of this further work with Metrix. Our current forecast indicates that construction at the St. Athan site is planned to start after contract signature in late 2008, or early 2009, with the final phase of completion scheduled for 2013.