Welsh Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2006-07

17 January 2007

Press Notice No 4

Welsh Affairs Committee welcomes decision to locate multi-billion pound training academy at St Athan.

The Welsh Affairs Committee today welcomes the decision by the Ministry of Defence to award the contract for a new military training academy based at St Athan.

The contract will create around 5,000 jobs and contribute £58 million a year to the local economy.

In its report into the Future of St Athan last summer, the Committee added its support to the already wide support in Wales for the Metrix bid to locate the Ministry Defence training academies in Wales (Fourth Report of Session 2005-06, Future of RAF St Athan, HC 1129).

Today, the Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee, Dr Hywel Francis said: “This is great news for Wales and for the future of British military excellence. Coming after all the set backs and uncertainty we could not have hoped for a better outcome for St Athan and for  the Vale of Glamorgan.

“As the largest single investment by the Government in Wales ever, it will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the economy in South Wales, providing much needed jobs and investment.

“There has been enormous cross party support in Wales at all levels to promote this bid. We congratulate the Defence Secretary Des Browne on his decision and we look forward with great anticipation to the opening of this centre of excellence in 2013.”

Membership of the Committee: Dr Hywel Francis MP (Chairman), Mr Stephen Crabb MP, David T. C. Davies MP, Nia Griffith MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Mr David Jones MP, Mr Martyn Jones MP, Albert Owen MP, Jessica Morden MP, Mark Williams MP, Hywel Williams MP