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Military Bases: USA

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those (a) establishments and (b) parcels of land where the US authorities have been granted exclusive occupation by his Department. (178154)

The United States Visiting Force has never been granted exclusive occupation of UK bases; rather they are made available under the terms of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement 1951, and other arrangements. The following establishments in the United Kingdom are currently occupied by the USVF under the terms of the NATO SOFA of 1951:

Blenheim Crescent, London.

Joint Maritime Facility at RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall.

RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire.

RAF Barford St. John, Oxfordshire

RAF Croughton, Northants.

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.

RAF Feltwell, Norfolk

RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk.

RAF Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire.

RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.

RAF Molesworth, Cambridgeshire.

RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire.

RAF Welford, Berkshire.

In addition, Edison House and Providence Court in London are privately owned buildings that MOD leases on behalf of the USVF. The USVF also has family quarters housing allocated to them, in several locations in the UK.

UK nationals work in a variety of roles at all the principal USVF bases. At RAF Menwith Hill and the Joint Maritime Facility at RAF St. Mawgan there is a joint UK-US mission, where UK nationals are also employed in an operational role.