United States National Missile Defence Policy

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd December 2001.

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Photo of Lord Jenkins of Putney Lord Jenkins of Putney Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will refuse permission to the United States Government to develop radar facilities in this country to enable the use of their national missile defence policy.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

The US Administration have not yet decided what sort of missile defence system they will ultimately seek to deploy and have made no formal request to Her Majesty's Government for the use of facilities in the UK for missile defence purposes. It therefore remains premature to indicate how we would respond to any specific request. We have, however, made clear that we would wish to be helpful to our closest ally.

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