[holding answer 10 September 2007]: Officials from the MOD were not authorised to speak to Newsnight about this specific issue.
[holding answer 10 September 2007]: Improving the protection of UK service personnel at Basra Air Station has been, and continues to be, a top priority. There are a range of offensive, defensive and protective measures in place to protect our people. We continually develop our tactics, procedures and capabilities to deal with the evolving threat. I can confirm that in the last few months a number of new and improved capabilities have been put in place and the position will continue to be kept under review.
I am withholding details of specific equipment or techniques as their release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
[holding answer 10 September 2007]: An official from the MOD contacted BBC Newsnight following the report.