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Column 83Heads I Win--HMS Raleigh, Plymouth
Head Over Heels--HMS Raleigh, Plymouth
Headstrong--HMS Raleigh, Plymouth
Hedonist--HMS Raleigh, Plymouth
Janthia--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Lambis--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Mitra--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Nerita--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Olympus--HMS Sultan, Gosport
Proteus--HMS Sultan, Gosport
Rapana--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Redcoat 2--Commander British Forces, Hong Kong
Sarie Marais 2--Royal Marines, Stonehouse, Plymouth
Syrinx--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Trochus--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Voluta--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Zidona--HMS Hornet, Gosport
Mr. George : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to whom the report to be produced by the committee on the future of the Ministry of Defence police chaired by Mr. Blelloch will report ; when it is expected to be finalised ; and if it will be published.
(2) what alternative uses he has recently considered for the site of RAF Chivenor.
RAF Chivenor will continue to house a search and rescue flight. From 1 July 1994 this will be upgraded to a 24-hour Sea King flight. In addition, the site will continue to be considered for any possible alternative defence requirement that might arise.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has made to the United States authorities regarding the possibility of their publishing contingency planning information on exercises conducted with American nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom along the lines of information published in this area by Her Majesty's Government.
Mr. Hanley : My Department has made no such representations. A document issued by the MOD in December 1992 and distributed to local authorities and emergency services already gives relevant guidance on the actions to be taken in the event of any transport accident in the United Kingdom involving a nuclear weapon. A copy of this document--"Local Authority and Emergency Service Information on Nuclear Weapon Transport Contingency Plans"--is also in the Library of the House.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what arrangements have been made for the media to (a) participate in the Diver Mist nuclear weapons accident exercise and (b) report on the activities and outcome of the Diver Mist exercise ;
(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the Diver Mist nuclear weapons emergency exercise scenario.
(3) if he will place in the Library an unclassified version of his Departmental report evaluating the Diver Mist nuclear weapons accident exercise conducted in East Anglia 18 to 22 April ; (4) which military authorities will participate in the Diver Mist nuclear weapons accident exercise on 18 to 22 April in East Anglia ; (5) which emergency plans will be tested during the Diver Mist nuclear accident exercise in East Anglia on 18 to 22 April ; (6) what are the objectives of the joint United Kingdom/United States nuclear weapon accident exercise Diver Mist due to take place near Thetford on 18 to 24 April ;
(7) if he will list the observers invited to attend the Diver Mist nuclear weapons accident exercise in East Anglia on 18 to 22 April.
Mr. Hanley : The accident scenario for Exercise Diver Mist was based on a crash of a United States transport aircraft carrying nuclear weapons in United Kingdom airspace. The objective was to exercise the combined response of relevant United Kingdom and United States Government Departments and local authorities and civil emergency services to a nuclear weapon transport accident, and as such it offered the opportunity to test relevant United Kingdom-United States and national contingency plans, as well as the major incident plans of local authorities and emergency services. The exercise involved the participation of the MOD's nuclear accident response organisation, which includes military units and personnel with relevant capabilities from all three services. United States military forces with similar capabilities also participated. I attended the exercise to provide the parliamentary and political dimension.
Observers from relevant central Government Departments, local authorities and emergency services, and from United States federal authorities were invited to attend the exercise. Media participation in the circumstances created by the exercise scenario was simulated by exercise players, who included reservists who are journalists by profession. In addition, a briefing attended by representatives of the local media was held on 17 April to explan the scope and purpose of the exercise.
The post-exercise report will be a classified document.
Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will seek from his United States counterpart a copy of the United States Department of Defence manual on nuclear weapon accident response procedures ; and if he will place it in the Library.
Mrs. Carol Booker
Mrs. Kay Dunn
Mrs. Sue Parkin
Dr. Irwin Peck
J. F. Green, OBE TD
E. Jenkins, MBE
Sir Stanley Odell
Mrs. Gee Bird
Mrs. Meg Bennett
Mrs. Cherry Jephson
Wing Commander Chris Taylor RAF (Retd)
The Hon Mrs. Bing
Hon. Sherriff Willie Johnston, MBE, JP
Dr. Ion Grove-White
Hugh A. C. Adamson
Mrs. Rose Rickman
Mrs. Linda Jones
Councillor Mrs. Eileen Jacob
Councillor Mrs. Carol Lynch
Mrs. Maya Morriss
Jack Haylock, MBE
Dr. Colin Dring
Canon David Merkle
A. I. Rabey
Mrs. S. J. Christopher
Column 86D. Curnow
Captain E. T. Denholm RN (Retd)
Superintendent K. H. Shepperd
Canon Hewitt Wilson
Group Captain James Marmion RAF (Retd)
Superintendent Alan Partridge
The Earl of Swinton
John A. Winter
Mrs. Heather Manton
Mrs. Kathleen Wood
Mrs. Katherine Lovell
Mr. Roger K. Linfoot