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Ballistic Missile Defence

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the anti-terrorist unit patrolling RAF Menwith Hill has cost the Ministry of Defence Police Agency in each year since such patrols began. (197049)

I am withholding the cost of the Ministry of Defence police deployed at RAF Menwith Hill for the purpose of safeguarding national security.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date the space based infra-red system at RAF Menwith Hill became operational; (197050)

(2) on what date work began on the installation of equipment at RAF Menwith Hill as part of the US ballistic missile defense system.

Installation of ground terminal equipment at RAF Menwith Hill to allow missile early warning data to be received from the Space Based Infra Red Satellites (SBIRS) was initiated following the then Government's agreement to the plan in March 1997. The eventual operational date for the SBIRS system is a matter for the US Government.

The necessary components to allow the downlink at RAF Menwith Hill to route satellite early warning data to the US Ballistic Missile Defence system arrived in September 2007, and were installed in November 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the component of the US ballistic missile defence system at RAF Fylingdales became operational. (197051)

The upgrade of the radar and associated systems at RAF Fylingdales to allow it to operate as part of the US ballistic missile defence system was completed on 9 August 2007.