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Radar Installation (Pembrokeshire)

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received since 1 June about the allegations of a causal relationship between certain forms of cancer and exposure to magnetic fields and any implications for the siting of an over-the-horizon radar installation at St. David's airfield, Pembrokeshire.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 23 April, Official Report, column 69, if he will give details of the proposed safety exclusion zone for the over-the-horizon radar installation at St. David's airfield, Pembrokeshire, including security fencing, lighting and staffing costs.

Our current plans are that the proposed safety exclusion zone should be delineated by a wire-mesh fence, about 4 ft high, at a distance of about 1,100 ft to the front and sides of the transmitter aerials. It will be prominently signed in both Welsh and English, and will be contained well within the MOD boundary of the site. There are no plans to illuminate it. I regret that the costs of maintaining the safety exclusion zone and fence cannot be isolated from the estimated costs of maintaining the installation as a whole.