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Unidentified Flying Objects

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 801W, on unidentified flying objects, what the security classification of the report was; what its official title was; who commissioned the study; for what reason; and if he will place it in the Library. (180170)

The report was entitled ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region’. It was commissioned by the Scientific and Technical Directorate of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) for the purpose of establishing whether anything of intelligence value could be determined from the sighting reports by members of the public that had been copied to the DIS. The full report was classified Secret UK Eyes Only. An expurgated version of the report is already available on the internet via the MOD’s Freedom of Information Act website at:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FreedomOfInformation/PublicationScheme/SearchPublicationScheme/UnidentifiedAerialPhenomenauapInTheUkAirDefenceRegion.htm