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Unidentified Flying Objects

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 15 July (

WA 25), what changes in procedures were implemented following the April 1997 review of the system to disseminate reports of unidentified flying objects; and whether airports, observatories, RAF bases and police stations receiving reports of UFOs are required to send them to the Ministry of Defence. [HL3239]

Procedures were clarified to ensure that reports received by the department would have the attention they deserved. The department's responsibilities for maintaining the integrity of UK airspace, as set out in the Strategic Defence Review, are well known. Anybody may send in reports for assessment in that context.