§ 37. Mr. Newens
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the disposal of British defence installations and equipment upon the final withdrawal of British forces from Oman.
§ Dr. Gilbert
The RAF stations at Salalah and Masirah will close on 31st March 1977. Fixed assets will revert to the Oman Government. At Salalah, we propose to gift certain non-warlike movable assets, valued at £163,000, which are surplus to our requirements but which will enable the Omanis to develop the airport for civil use. At Masirah, the Oman Government have brought certain non-warlike movable assets with which they intend to support a flying training school. Parliamentary approval will be sought for the gifting of assets.