A number of constituents asked about the repatriation process through Brize Norton so I submitted a written question to the Ministry of Defence. I have now had the Department’s response:
Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on arrangements for the repatriation of deceased servicemen and women via Brize Norton; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence has received in the region of 200 pieces of correspondence from members of the public and Parliament about the arrangements for the repatriation of fallen service personnel.
The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox), announced on 16 March 2011, Official Report, column 11WS, that repatriation ceremonies would move to RAF Brize Norton and in anticipation of this, the RAF has taken great care in planning and building the facilities at the base. A new £3 million repatriation facility has been deliberately sited on the south side of the airfield, to give families the best possible view of the aircraft on approach and landing while bringing their loved ones home. I have visited RAF Brize Norton to assure myself.
It does appear we will continue to honour those who fall serving their country faithfully.