HC Deb 24 January 1964 vol 687 c169W
Sir Knox Cunningham

asked the Minister of Defence (1) whether, in view of future commitments, he is satisfied with the present means of transporting service personnel and supplies to distant parts of the world at short notice; and if he will consider plans for increasing the transport force, including the ordering of further Belfast aircraft;

(2) whether, bearing in mind that the only transport aircraft likely to enter service before 1968 are the Belfasts and VC10's, he is satisfied that there will be sufficient transport capacity for the services; and if he will increase the number of Belfasts beyond the initial 10 which are on order.

Mr. Thorneycroft

It is my intention that Transport Command shall continue to have adequate means to carry out its role. No increase is contemplated in the size of force at present planned.