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Naval Weapons Tests At Sea

Volume 448: debated on Monday 20 February 1984

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asked Her Majesty's Government:On how many occasions in recent years has the Royal Navy conducted weapon tests in the high seas; what areas of the high seas have been closed on such occasions; and for how long.

In common with other navies, the Royal Navy regularly tests weapons on the high seas. Records of such tests are not held centrally, and the information requested could not be provided without disproportionate cost. Such tests do not in any event involve closure of the high seas, although all appropriate steps are taken to avoid danger or inconvenience to other ships or aircraft.