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Ballistic Missile Defence: USA

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed that (a) the US planned to use its Satellite Based Infra Red System (SBIRS) at Fylingdales to provide critical data for national missile defence systems and (b) SBIRS was key to the US’s ability to cue systems that would be used for active missile defence; and if he will make a statement. (126848)

There are no plans to use RAF Fylingdales as part of the Space Based Infra Red System (SBIRS). The role of SBIRS in the US ballistic missile defence system has been well understood by the UK for a number of years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sites in the UK are being considered for the possible deployment of US missiles for the US Missile Defense system. (126934)

No sites in the UK are presently under consideration as possible locations for a ground based interceptor site.