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Low Frequency Transmitters

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement regarding the progress of the planned trial extremely low frequency transmitter at Glengarry forest, Scotland.

All site surveys required for the extremely low frequency demonstrator programme should be completed by the end of April 1990. Preparation of the notice of proposed development continues but it is not possible to say precisely when it will be submitted to the Highland regional council. Various interested bodies are being consulted in order to take account of their views. Installation and trials of the transmitter will not proceed until planning permission has been granted.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreements exist between the United Kingdom and other Governments regarding the use of extremely low frequency transmitters for the purpose of communicating with submarines.