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Mr. Soames: The byelaws, when made, will be signed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. As with all other Ministry of Defence sites, the authorisation for purposes of enforcement of byelaws will be signed by the senior United Kingdom officer with security responsibilities at the establishment concerned; at Menwith Hill Station this is at present the chief inspector, Ministry of Defence police.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish or place in the Library the precise wording of the security of tenure document regarding the leasing of Menwith Hill Station to the National Security Agency of America.     [33947]

Mr. Soames: This is a confidential administrative arrangements between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the United States. It would therefore not be appropriate to publish or to comment on the details of such arrangements.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds it is necessary to introduce new byelaws at Menwith Hill Station in addition to existing criminal and civil remedies to deter intruders.     [33960]

Mr. Soames: The Menwith Hill Station byelaws are the first set in a complete revision of byelaws for all establishments which we consider require them. They are intended to provide protection for all MOD establishments where other criminal or civil law does not provide sufficient remedy.


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Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have appealed against their convictions under the HMS Forest Moor and Menwith Hill Station Byelaws 1986 since they were declared defective on their face in the High Court in July 1992; how many of these appeals were contested; and how many were (a) upheld and (b) dismissed.     [33953]

Mr. Soames: The information requested is not held by my Department.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the United States Army handed control of Menwith Hill Station to the USAF/NSA electronic surveillance group; for what reasons the transfer of control was made; what parliamentary procedures applied; if the change of control fell within the remit of the terms of the War Office/USAF agreement on 11 December 1951 under which the USAF were given the right to occupy and control RAF bases in Britain; and whether this agreement extends to non- Royal Air Force bases.     [33949]

Mr. Soames: In 1966, with the agreement of Her Majesty's Government, Menwith Hill Station became a field element of the National Security Agency. United States forces use Menwith Hill Station under confidential arrangements between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. It is not our policy to comment on the details of such arrangements.

US Forces

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times, when and by whom the ambassadors' agreement regarding American occupation of British Royal Air Force bases has been subjected to periodic review; and if he will place a copy of this agreement in the Library.     [33950]

Mr. Soames: It is not our policy to comment on the detail of confidential arrangements between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America; the basis on which United States forces are stationed in the United Kingdom is contained in the NATO status of forces agreement of 1951.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreement exists between Her Majesty's Government and the United States Government, in their respective Defence Departments, to allow American personnel who are occupying and controlling British bases to employ psychological operations units against British subjects either inside or outside of these bases.     [33958]

Mr. Soames: No such operations are undertaken in this country by the US forces against British subjects.

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British RAF bases are occupied and controlled by the US Department of Defense; if he will list those bases by name; how many non-RAF bases are similarly occupied and controlled; if he will list those bases; how many of those RAF and non-RAF bases employ members of the National Security Agency of America; and if he will list such bases.     [33951]


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Mr. Soames: As of 1 July 1995, bases and facilities were made available to the United States Department of Defence at the following locations:

Main Operating Bases

RAF Lakenheath

RAF Mildenhall

Standby Deployment Base

RAF Fairford

Storage/Support Facilities

RAF Alconbury

RAF Brawdy

Chilwell

RAF Daws Hill

Eastcote

Framlingham

RAF Hythe

London USN Europe HQ

RAF Molesworth

RAF Northwood

Oakington

RAF Spadeadam

RAF Watton

RAF Welford

West Ruislip

Wartime Contingency Hospitals

RAF Arbroath

RAF Nocton Hall

RAF Upwood

Communications Facilities

RAF Barford St John

RAF Barkway

Botley Hill

Bovingdon

RAF Chelveston

RAF Chicksands

Christmas Common

Coldblow

RAF Croughton

RAF Daventry

RAF Dunkirk

RAF Edzell

RAF Feltwell

Menwith Hill Station

RAF Oakhanger

RAF St Mawgan

RAF Swingate

RAF Uxbridge

NATO Armaments Depot

Glen Douglas

While these have been made available for use by United States visiting forces, Her Majesty's Government retain legal possession of the sites and control over the use that is made of them and their facilities. It is not our policy to comment in further detail on operational matters.

US Communication Centres

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many US Department of Defense


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communication centres operate from British soil; and if he will list them and the agencies by which their workers are

employed.     [33952]

Mr. Soames: As of 1 July 1995, there were 18 United States Department of Defense communications facilities in the UK as follows:

RAF Barford St John

RAF Barkway

Botley Hill

Bovingdon

RAF Chelveston

RAF Chicksands

Christmas Common

Coldblow

RAF Croughton

RAF Daventry

RAF Dunkirk

RAF Edzell

RAF Feltwell

Menwith Hill Station

RAF Oakhangar

RAF St Mawgan

RAF Swingate

RAF Uxbridge

It is not our policy to give details of personnel assignment.

Public Interest Immunity Certificates

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many public interest immunity certificates he has issued during the last five years; and if he will list them.     [33955]

Mr. Soames: I have nothing to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) on 3 July 1995, Official Report , column 92 .

National Security Agency of America

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the National Security Agency of America operates from (a) RAF Croughton and (b) RAF Chicksands.     [33957]

Mr. Soames: RAF Croughton and RAF Chicksands are US Department of Defense communications centres managed by the United States Air Force. It is not our policy to comment further on operational matters.

Market Testing

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a further statement on market testing in respect of Royal Air Force establishments.     [33098]

Mr. Soames: Further to my answer of 18 May to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) Official Report , column 303 , about Royal Air Force activities which have been market tested, listed below are those Royal Air Force establishments and functions where exposure to the "Competing for Quality" process has commenced or is planned to begin in the current financial year:


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RAF Machrihanish

RAF Hospital Wegberg

VIP helicopters

Flight Simulators and Synthetic Trainers Maintenance

RAF Stornoway

RAF Lyneham

RAF High Wycombe

Target Facilities engineering support, 100 Squadron

RAF Ascension

RAF Northolt

RAF St. Mawgan

Aircraft Ground Maintenance Schools

IUKADGE stations

RAF Brize Norton

RAF St. Athan

RAF Sealand


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