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Ballistic Missile Defence: USA

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions his Department has had with the US Administration on plans to develop missile silos and x-band radar on land or sea bases in the UK; (158620)

(2) what discussions he and officials from his Department have had with the US Administration on plans to site interceptor missiles or related equipment in the UK.

[holding answer 16 October 2007]: The Ministry of Defence continues to discuss ballistic missile defence issues with the US Administration. It is not the practice of the Government to make public details of all discussions with foreign Governments as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice international relations. As I set out in my statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report column 72WS, we have no plans to site missile interceptors in the UK.