Missile Defence Systems

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 9th July 2001.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat 3:06 pm, 9th July 2001

My Lords, the Minister gave me a complete brush-off when a few days ago I asked him about new construction at Menwith Hill. It is a matter of common knowledge that new radomes have appeared on the site and that pictures of them have appeared in national newspapers. Surely therefore it is a matter which we can discuss in this House.

The Minister says that there is no question of our drifting into a national missile defence policy. However, when we see those new constructions at Menwith Hill, and in the absence of any statement by the Minister or his colleagues, are we not entitled to draw a conclusion as to what they consist of?