HC Deb 08 November 1961 vol 648 c958
12. Mr. Mulley

asked the Minister of Defence what plans he has for increasing the strategic mobility of United Kingdom forces.

Mr. Watkinson

This is one of the factors which is being examined in the preparation of next year's Defence White Paper.

Mr. Mulley

Is the Minister of Defence not yet aware of the chronic shortage of suitable transport aircraft of all kinds, and, in particular, of the lack of suitable strategic air freighters for use now? Is that something about which he will do nothing while waiting for the Estimates next year?

Mr. Watkinson

I think that the hon. Member knows of the Government's decision to place an order for five new transport jet aircraft.