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Skywatch: House Of Lords Question Time

From: skywatch@wic.net (SKYWATCH)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 06:10:40 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 20:58:11 -0400
Subject: Skywatch: House Of Lords Question Time

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Date:          Fri, 17 Oct 1997 12:39:23 +0100
To:            skywatch@wic.net
From:          georgina@easynet.co.uk

Nick Pope sent this over

The House of Lords (UK) Questions in the House - 14 October 1997

Written Answers

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt:

LORD HILL-NORTON asked her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Ministry of Defence replied to the 1981 memorandum
from Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt, which reported the presence
of an unidentified craft that had landed in close proximity to
RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, witnessed by United States Air
Force personnel; and if not, why not and

How the radiation readings reported to the Ministry of Defence by
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt in his memorandum dated 13
January 1981 compare to the normal levels of background radiation
in Rendelsham Forest.

LORD GILBERT:  The memorandum, which reported observations of
unusual lights in the sky, was assessed by staff in the MoD
responsible for air defence matters. Since the judgment was that
it contained nothing of defence significance, no further action
was taken.

There is no record of any official assessment of the radiation
readings reported by Lieutenant Colonel Halt. From a Defence
perspective some sixteen and a half years after the alleged
events, there is no requirements to carry out such an assessment

Mid-Air Explosion, Isle of Lewis

LORD HILL NORTON asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the military involvement in the search for the
unidentified object that witnesses believe exploded in mid air,
before crashing into the sea off the Isle of Lewis on 26 October
1996, and what liaison took place with the US authorities with
regard to this incident.

LORD GILBERT:  Following media reports of an explosion, initially
attributed to a mid-air collision north of the Butt of Lewis, an
extensive search of the area was carried out by RAF and
Coastguard Search and Rescue assets, but was later abandoned
after it became clear that no aircraft had been reported overdue.
 HQ US 3rd Air Force were also approached at the time.  They
confirmed that there had been no US military activity in the

Lord Gilbert's reply stating that there is no requirement to
carry out an assessment sixteen and a half years after the
alleged event is ridiculous considering that researchers have
been trying to get answers from the MoD since the event first
took place.

Also the reference to "lights in the sky" was a put down
considering witnesses reported an actual "landing".

One wonders how long the MoD will continue to insist "It is of no
Defence significance".

The Rt Hon. The Lord Gilbert is the Minister for Defence
Procurement. I am to understand that his answers would have been
prepared for him by MoD employees and passed (probably altered)
by higher bodies.

Thanks to Nick Pope for bringing this to our attention

Georgina Bruni

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