My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg, has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The Royal School of Military Engineering public/private partnership (PPP) project has for some time been assessing a range of options for the relocation of two units that fall within the scope of the project, the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (DEODS) and the National Search Centre (NSC) currently located at Lodge Hill/Chattenden in the Medway Towns, Kent.
These units were to have been relocated to the defence munitions centre at Kineton, Warwickshire, as part of the PPP solution. However, in late 2005 this move proved impracticable. In 2006, alternative sites, which were technically viable, were identified and costed by the contractor. These proposals have since been assessed by the MoD and following the conclusion of this work the MoD can confirm its intent to relocate the DEODS and NSC to Bicester thereby releasing land at Lodge Hill/Chattenden in the Medway Towns in Kent for the development of a new, sustainable mixed-use community.