Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 53W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, if he will place in the Library a current copy of the Reaper Agreement; and when a new such agreement is expected. [R]

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Reaper agreement comprises a number of arrangements including a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the UK and the US and operating procedures developed for the UK Reaper Squadrons, in conjunction with the US Air Force. I will place a copy of the original MOU, which was signed in 2008 by the previous Government, in the Library of the House.

The MOU is being reviewed with the US and will encompass operating procedures put in place since the formation of UK Reaper Force Squadrons. Although no formal timescale has been set, we currently expect agreement in late 2013.

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