HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 cc421-2W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the designation, current use, the current number of patients and staff and the total number of patients in the Little Rissington hospital; what is the nationality of the staff and patients; whether it is British or United States controlled; what its purpose is in wartime; and what cost, if any, it is to the British Exchequer.

Mr. Pattie

Royal Air Force Little Rissington has been made available to the United States air force as a contingency wartime hospital. There are no patients in peacetime, and only a small care-and-maintenance staff drawn from the United States air force. In wartime, RAF Little Rissington would receive casualties from NATO forces, regardless of nationality. This facility has been established with the full agreement of the British Government. There is no cost to the Exchequer.

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