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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards Shadow PC Spokesperson (Treasury), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on testing of Reaper and Predator drones at West Wales Airport Aberporth and the testing flyzone to Epynt military range;

(2) what consultation his Department has undertaken with the local population on the use of Predator and Reaper drones at West Wales Airport Aberporth and the testing flyzone to Epynt military range;

(3) whether Predator and Reaper drones tested at West Wales Airport Aberporth will be allowed to target lock buildings, moving cars and individuals within the designated drone land corridor.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are no plans to test Reaper (otherwise known as Predator B) unmanned air systems at West Wales Airport or at the Sennybridge Training Area and no discussions have taken place with the Welsh Government or the local population on this subject.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes3 people think so

No2 people think not

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