To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on intelligence gathering as a result of the withdrawal of maritime patrol aircraft.
The decision to withdraw the Nimrod Maritime Patrol Aircraft was made in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. We judged that this was partially mitigated by using other maritime assets and was an acceptable risk against the threat assessment at the time. We do not normally comment on intelligence matters or media speculation relating to these. To do so would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.