§ 5. Mr. G. Campbell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will reconsider the proposed cancellation of Chinook helicopters.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Air Force (Mr. Merlyn Rees)
The R.A.F.'s order for the Chinook was cancelled last November. There is no question of reconsidering this decision now.
§ Mr. Campbell
Will not the cancellation of the whole order for Chinook helicopters cause serious loss of mobility to the Army?
§ Mr. Rees
As my right hon. Friend said to the House on 27th November, the Chinook purchase wasdesigned to provide a capability which we have been able to do without until now. We will, therefore, have to do without it for a little longer …"—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 27th November, 1967; Vol. 755, c. 65.]This still applies.
§ Mr. Ramsden
Does this answer mean that, contrary to military advice, the Government are planning for a reduced size of tactical company lift?