§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if there are any plans to put the work of Admiralty surface weapons establishment, Portsmouth, out to private contractors.
§ Mr. Lee
The former Admiralty surface weapons establishment was merged on 1 April 1984 with other units to form the Admiralty research establishment (ARE). So far as ARE sites in the Portsmouth area are concerned, there are currently no firm plans to contractorise operations but a number of possibilities are being examined, including the operation and maintenance of facilities at Haslar and at the experimental diving unit and physiological laboratory at Portsmouth and Alverstoke, respectively.