To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) financial, (b) political and (c) security benefits and costs to the UK of supporting US plans to deploy missile defence facilities in Europe; and if he will make a statement.
I refer my hon. Friend to chapter 4, section 4.68 of the recently published National Security Strategy which deals with the UK's response to the current and emerging security challenges. The UK contributes to ballistic missile early warning through the facilities at RAF Fylingdales and RAF Menwith Hill. The cost of the upgrade at RAF Fylingdales—and the work at RAF Menwith Hill—was funded by the US Government. We do not anticipate the direct running costs incurred by the UK to increase because of the participation of these stations in the US ballistic missile defence system.