Hebrides Missile Range

Defence written question – answered on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Tranpsort), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitutional Reform), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many hours each (a) week and (b) month a security guard at the Hebrides Range works; and what the equivalent hourly wage is;

(2) what assessment he has made of security arrangements at (a) West Camp RCB and (b) Rangehead, Hebrides Range.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Hebrides Range is operated by a private company, QinetiQ, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) under a long term partnering agreement. Security guards at the range are employed by the QinetiQ Guard Service (QGS) and, typically, would work a 42 hour week (168 hour month) excluding meal breaks. The MOD does not hold information on the salaries paid to QGS employees. This is a matter for the company.

Security arrangements at the MOD Hebrides Range, including West Camp, the Range Control Building (RCB), and Range Head, are assessed regularly by the MOD and QinetiQ as part of normal business, the most recent assessment being undertaken in 2011. Any changes to the arrangements would be implemented in line with QinetiQ's contractual and legal obligations.

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