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Army: Wessex Transport

Volume 694: debated on Monday 16 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association budget for the necessary building works to accommodate 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment RLC(V); and [HL4597]

To what extent the current builders' estimates exceed the budget provision for the necessary works to accommodate 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment RLC(V). [HL4598]

The current allocated budget for the necessary building works required to accommodate 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment RLC(V) upon its formation is £705,000. These funds will be utilised to facilitate the initial building works required at three of the four Territorial Army Centres (TACs) that will be used by the regiment:

£37,000 to be spent in the 2008-09 financial year on the Dorchester TAC;

£300,000 to be spent during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 financial years on the Poole TAC; and

£368,000 allocated for the 2009-10 financial year, to be spent on the Plymouth TAC. This allocation will cover the cost of remedial building works only. A subsequent site survey has been conducted to establish the options available to meet the regiment's full requirement.

The building estimate, to provide a full refurbishment and rebuild of all facilities required by the regimental headquarters at the Plymouth TAC, exceeds the current allocation by approximately £3.9 million. Funding will continue to be sought through the department's planning round process, in competition with other priorities in the normal way.