Various media continue to cover the Typhoon jets arriving at RAF Northolt in West London to take part in a military exercise to prepare for providing security at the Olympics. | Various media also cover President Obama's trip to Afghanistan. | The Telegraph says that the fact Obama's trip was only hours long and followed by a number of attacks on Kabul shows how much work there is still to do in Afghanistan. | The Guardian makes similar points and says that despite the rhetoric about troops coming home as early as November, there will still be twice as many US troops on the ground there than when Obama became President in 2009. | The Sun reports that Prime Minister David Cameron is going to have to abandon his planned medals review because of objections from military chiefs. | The Telegraph reports that Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has urged Germany to put aside the legacy of the Second World War and pledge more support to NATO. | The Telegraph also reports that Home Office officials are considering calling in MOD police and civil servants to man the border at airports and ports after immigration officers voted in favour of strike action.
Radiation at Dalgety Bay
Yesterday, Radio 4's 'Face the Facts' programme criticised the MOD for failing to accept liability for radium contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife.
The MOD has been working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to develop a final inspection plan into Dalgety Bay and we published this last week. This represents a key milestone in understanding the situation at Dalgety Bay and presents the timetable for the investigation.
Where the MOD is found to be a party responsible, namely the 'Appropriate Person', in whole or in part for contaminated land under the statutory regime, then we will work with the regulator and other responsible and interested parties such as landowners to meet our portion of the liability and carry out voluntary remediation where appropriate.