HC Deb 27 February 1963 vol 672 c1234
8. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent he anticipates redundancy in the Royal Air Force following the reappraisal of air strategy contemplated in the Nassau Agreement.

Mr. H. Fraser

I do not expect any.

Mr. Hughes

Surely the right hon. Gentleman has heard of the Nassau Agreement? Surely that- means running down the Royal Air Force? Does the Secretary of State not look far enough ahead to see that there will probably be an unemployment and redundancy problem? What is he doing to safeguard his job and the jobs of those employed in the Air Force?

Mr. Fraser

I look a good deal further ahead than does the hon. Gentleman. I can assure him that the strength of the Royal Air Force is continually under review from the manning point of view. The V-Bomber force will maintain the deterrent until the end of the 1960s.