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Uk-Us Ballistic Missile Defence

Volume 572: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the co-operation to which United States Secretary of Defence William Perry referred on 31st January when he said that in "formulating joint programmes in ballistic missile defence in which we [the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom] co-operate, we pool resources to arrive at a quicker and more economical ballistic missile defence for all countries involved".

UK co-operation with the US on ballistic missile defence takes place under the auspices of a memorandum of understanding which has been in place since 1985. UK involvement includes government-to-government research contracts; information exchange arrangements; joint trials and experiments and direct contracts with UK companies and universities.