§ The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Air Force (Mr. Merlyn Rees)
During daylight there is a Royal Naval helicopter standing by at Lossiemouth and an R.A.F. one at Leuchars.
There are other helicopters at these two airfields at lesser degrees of readiness; there are logistic arrangements to enable helicopters to operate in emergencies in the North West of Scotland, the Hebrides and Orkney; and helicopters based outside Scotland, for instance at Acklington and Ballykelly, are available for operations in Scottish waters.
§ Mr. Hamling
Is my hon. Friend saying that the cost of these helicopters which are for rescue operations is borne by the Defence Vote?