HC Deb 09 May 2002 vol 385 c283W
Angus Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military aircraft movements have taken place at the West Freugh new DEFRA facility in Wigtownshire in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [55106]

Dr. Moonie

I have taken the question to refer to the Defence Evaluation Research Agency at West Freugh. DERA was, as previously announced, subsumed in QinetiQ and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in July 2001. The number of military aircraft movements that took place at West Freugh in each of the last 10 years, is listed. These figures do not include overflights or range runs.

1992 1
1993 3,868
1994 1,666
1995 5,253
1996 4,501
1997 5,946
1998 4,636
1999 7,236
2000 5,976
2001 3,861
1 Not available

Our records are not in a form that readily enables provision of the figures as far back as 1992. I will write to the hon. Member following further analysis of the available data to see what information can be provided and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.