§ Mr. Soames
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the cost of the improvements undertaken on Ascension Island to Ministry of Defence facilities; and what is their extent.
§ Sir George Young
The PSA is responsible for building and improving the facilities required by the Ministry of Defence on Ascension Island and completed a new camp for RAF personnel on the island in December 1983 at a cost of £18 million. This replaced the temporary, inadequate and scattered accommodation used previously. Work is in hand to upgrade a number of operational facilities at Wideawake airfield at a cost of about £30 million.