HL Deb 28 March 2001 vol 624 cc45-6WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What information they have received from the United States authorities about the use of the facilities at the deep and near space tracking facility at Feltwell in Norfolk in connection with the proposed United States missile defense system; whether they will seek assurances from the United States Government that no such use will be made of these facilities in the future; and whether the agreement they have with the United States on the operation of Feltwell allows it to be applied to military purposes of any kind.[HL1299]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

RAF Feltwell is made available to the United States visiting forces under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement of 1951 for the purposes of our common defence. It has no role in ballistic missile detection or tracking, and nor are we aware of any suggestions that it could do so as part of any missile defence system.