Concern over islands' missile test range

16 June 2009


Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP, has voiced his concerns about the possible threats to a Ministry of Defence missile test range on the Uists.

An announcement on the future of the site will be made tomorrow.

Mr Peacock said: “Any reduction in the work force would be a big blow to the Uists.  No decisions have been announced yet, so it is premature to speculate on what might happen, but people are understandably apprehensive.

“If any action is taken, the Ministry of Defence must clearly set out the defence reasons for any change. The test range is in the islands for clear defence reasons and if there is to be a change in approach that needs to be clearly set out.”

Mr Peacock added: “I will be contacting Councillor Angus Campbell, leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, to offer my support to any representations the Council makes to the MOD on behalf of islanders at the missile test range and in the interests of securing jobs.”


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