§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the United Kingdom has direct access to the USA global positioning system; and what agreements or treaties govern such access.
§ Mr. Soames
The United Kingdom armed forces make extensive use of the United States global positioning system. They do so under conditions set out in a memorandum of understanding first negotiated with the US Department of Defence in 1978. MOU IV signed in October 1993 provides for an extension of these arrangements into the next century.