HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 cc66-7W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many(a) arrests, (b) reports with a view to prosecution charges, (c) arrests (d) actual prosecutions and (e) successful prosecutions there have been since 1996 under the (i) RAF Menwith Hill Military Land Byelaws 1996 and (ii) the RAF Fylingdales Military Land Byelaws 1986; [77767]

(2) what the cost to his Department is of (a) the new security developments to the main entrance to RAF Menwith Hill and (b) the road development and road widening to the main entrance to Menwith Hill; [77768]

(3) how many breaches of security, in each year since 2000, there have been at (a) RAF Menwith Hill, (b) RAF Fylingdales, (c) RAF Lakenheath, (d) RAF Molesworth, (e) Barford St. John, (f) RAF Croughton and (g) RAF Fairford; and if he will make a statement. [77770]

Mr. Ingram

The information requested for RAF Menwith Hill is shown in the table.

Arrests Reports with a view to prosecution
1996–97 17 17
1997–98 49 49
1998–99 30 30
1999–2000 32 32
2000–01 5 5
2001–02 7 7
2002–03 to date 4 4

The records held in respect of RAF Fylingdales only go as far back as 1997–98 and indicate 11 arrests and two reports with a view to prosecution in financial year 2000–01. Prosecutions are a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney General.

The number of incursions recorded against the Ministry of Defence installations indicated in the previous table are shown in the following table:

Number of incursions 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 to date
RAF Menwith Hill 1 1 1
RAF Fylingdales 1 0 0
RAF Lakenheath 1 0 110
RAF Molesworth 2 3 1
Barford St. John 1 1 0
RAF Croughton 4 3 0
RAF Fairford 1 1 0
1 This figure relates to incursions that took place on 6 October 2002 during a large demonstration at RAF Lakenheath.

There was no cost to the MOD in respect of the works carried out at Menwith Hill. The cost was funded by the United States authorities.

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