HC Deb 08 February 1956 vol 548 c178W
72. Sir R. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what areas it is proposed to extend the Bahamas long-range proving ground for guided missiles; and what further agreement has been reached with the United States of America on this matter.

Mr. Nutting

The original Bahamas long-range proving ground was extended in 1952 to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Her Majesty's Government and the United States Government are at present engaged in negotiations to extend the proving ground to St. Lucia in the Windward Islands, and to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. While the United States Government are at liberty to reactivate any of the British bases in this area which were leased to them in 1941, separate agreements are required before long-range guided missile stations may be established on any of the islands.