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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of potential military threat to British sovereignty over the Falklands Islands; what military resources the UK has available to defend the Islands at short notice; what substitute sources of deployable airpower remain in the absence of aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what arrangements are in place to defend (a) UK military assets on the Falkland Islands from attack from (i) airborne, (ii) special and (ii) naval forces and (b) the air link to the Falklands Islands from potential surface-to-air threats from ships operating in international waters.
The Ministry of Defence undertakes regular assessments of potential military threats to the Falkland Islands to ensure that we retain appropriate levels of defensive capabilities to address any such threats.
A range of military assets are deployed in defence of the Falkland Islands, including air defence aircraft, naval vessels and ground forces. These assets are capable of defending themselves and ensuring the security and territorial integrity of the Islands and its population. We also retain the ability to reinforce these assets with additional deployed forces, including air power, if required.