Missile Defence Systems

Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with NATO allies on the basing of US interceptor missiles in European states.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, The Secretary of State for Defence

NATO is currently examining the results of a feasibility study into ballistic missile defence for Alliance territories and population centres, and United Kingdom officials are engaged in that work. Ministers have not at this stage discussed the implications of this feasibility study. Potential options for a NATO missile defence system include the provision of assets (such as interceptors) by nations, but no concrete proposals by individual nations are yet under consideration.

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