§ Mrs. Fyfe
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 5 February,Official Report, column 167, under what circumstances he envisages visits to the Holy loch by United States naval vessels carrying cruise missiles after the base has been closed.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
There are no specific plans for future visits to the Holy loch by United States vessels after the submarine forward support facility has closed. However, the Holy loch is currently one of a number of berths around the United Kingdom approved for visits by nuclear powered submarines. Holy loch's use for future periodic visits is therefore possible.