§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the development prospects and potential of unmanned air vehicles. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
The Army has a requirement for an unmanned surveillance system which, subject to the satisfactory completion of an additional programme of work to resolve remaining technical difficulties, is to be met by Phoenix. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my predecessor on 5 April 1995,Official Report, column 1142, and on 21 April 1995, Official Report, column 308.
My Department monitors developments in unmanned air vehicles in order to aid assessment of their suitability to meet other future requirements.