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RAF Menwith Hill

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreements the Government has with the US administration governing the use of RAF Menwith Hill by the National Security Agency. (267285)

The use of RAF Menwith Hill by the United States Visiting Force and US Agencies is governed by the terms of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement of 1951 and other confidential arrangements between the UK and US.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Space-Based Infrared System at RAF Menwith Hill is due to become operational. (267445)

The Space-Based Infrared Red System (SBIRS) facilities at RAF Menwith Hill are ready for operation. The operational date for SBIRS is a matter for the United States, but is unlikely to be before 2010.