Military Exercises

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what notices his Department issues to civilian transport operators on potential interruptions to schedules as a result of military training exercises; how many notices were issued in each of the last five years; and what the locations were in relation to those notices.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The information on how many notices were issued and their locations is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Notice to Mariners can be found on The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office website at the following link:

https://www.ukho.gov.uk/nmwebsearch/.

The Army works in conjunction with Highways England to ensure that traffic disruption caused by military activity is kept to a minimum. If members of the public wish to check their route to identify any traffic disruptions they can do so via Traffic England: http://www.trafficengland.com, Traffic Scotland: http://www.trafficscotland.org or Traffic Wales: https://traffic.wales/

Notice to Airmen procedures are well established and details can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority website at the following link:

http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php%3Foption=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=166&Itemid=4.html.

It should be noted that a user name and password is required to allow access.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation regularly put out newsletters and guidance on when exercises are taking place, and when the public can and cannot access the training estate. these can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/search/advanced?group=guidance_and_regulation&page=1&topic=%2Fdefence%2Fdefence-armed-forces-ministry-of-defence-estate-public-access

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