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Ballistic Missile Defence

Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 601W, what the well-established technical co-operation programmes are through which the UK makes a contribution to the US missile defence system; and if he will make a statement. (126953)

The UK/US technical co-operation programmes cover a wide range of missile defence activities. These include current and future missile threat assessment, threat launch detection, threat tracking, command and control aspects, sensors, weapon systems and the consequences of interception. The joint co-operation programmes have allowed both the UK and US to improve our joint understanding of missile defence issues, and have allowed UK-developed technology with potential missile defence applications to be demonstrated to the US.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the work of the UK Missile Defence Centre. (126955)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 June 2006, Official Report, column 402W, to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock).