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Ballistic Missile Defence

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason no debate, consultation or oral statement took place in the House before the decision announced in his written statement of 25 July to allow the installation and operation by the US Administration of equipment to allow receipt of satellite warnings of potentially hostile missile launches at RAF Menwith Hill; and whether any intelligence received via the installation will be made available to the United Kingdom at the same time as to the United States. (157315)

Defence Ministers routinely answer written and oral questions on missile defence issues and there are regular defence debates scheduled throughout the year to allow MPs to raise specific issues on the Floor of the House. My written ministerial statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 71WS was intended to keep the House informed of developments in areas of UK support to the US missile defence programme.

The missile attack warning information to be routed through RAF Menwith Hill will be shared between the UK and US, as indicated in my written statement of 25 July 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UK and US governments on the formal use of RAF Menwith Hill in the American Missile Defense System; and if he will place a copy in the Library. (157779)

There is no memorandum of understanding covering these specific arrangements.