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Nimrod Aircraft

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 16 December 2009, Official Report, columns 967-69, on the Nimrod review, whether he has taken steps to apportion (a) responsibility and (b) liability to (i) BAE Systems and (ii) QinetiQ in respect of the crash of Nimrod XV230 in September 2006. (312672)

Yes. We set up the Nimrod Review in order, among other things, to assess where responsibility lay for the crash of Nimrod XV230. BAE Systems and QinetiQ were therefore put on notice in December 2007 that MOD might bring them into the compensation claims brought against MOD by the bereaved families. That position has been confirmed since the publication of Mr. Haddon-Cave’s report and discussions with the companies’ lawyers will commence shortly.