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Hebrides Range

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional expenditure his Department plans for Hebrides Range; whether he plans to locate new equipment at the Range; and what plans he has for the Range's role. (305613)

The Ministry of Defence is committed to the future of the Hebrides Range. My officials are currently developing plans for new investment in the range to ensure that it continues to provide the required capability. The plans remain at an early stage of development and it is not possible therefore, to specify the level of investment that will be required. Such investment will, of course, have to be affordable within the overall Defence budget. These plans will not involve redundancies.

I have also asked my officials and the range operator, QinetiQ, to make renewed efforts to market the range and its facilities to overseas customers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the oldest missile tracking equipment in use at Hebrides Range was installed. (305614)

The oldest missile tracking systems in use at the Hebrides Range are the four Nike Digital Instrumentation Radars (NiDIRs). They were installed between 1977 and 1981.