Unmanned Air Vehicles:Written question - 204049

Asked by Mr Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)

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Asked on: 03 July 2014
Ministry of Defence
Unmanned Air Vehicles
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2014, Official Report, column 99W, on unmanned air vehicles, what assessment he has made of the degree to which Reaper redeployment abroad is significant; and if he will make it his policy to receive parliamentary approval before active use of any Reapers based outside Afghanistan.
Answered by: Mr Mark Francois
Answered on: 10 July 2014

The UK intends to retain the Reaper capability primarily for its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities after combat operations in Afghanistan have ceased.

As is the case for the routine deployment of other military assets, the Ministry of Defence may notify Parliament of the deployment of UK Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems but there is no intention for Parliamentary approval to be sought prior to each deployment or redeployment.

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