HC Deb 24 June 1966 vol 730 cc153-4W
Mr. Robert Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft were in operation in South Vietnam during 1965; how many have been in operation there during 1966; what has been their rôle; and, in particular, what was the rôle of the Devon VP997 which was at Tan Son Nhat in Vietnam on 26th November 1965.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

No aircraft of the Royal Air Force have been directly or indirectly involved in operations in Vietnam. The Devon aircraft which was at Tan Son Nhat airfield, Saigon, last November was the communications aircraft provided for the use of the British Air Attaché, Saigon, in the course of his normal duties. I would also refer my hon. Friend to the Answer I gave to the hon. Member for St. Albans (Mr. Goodhew) on 10th May.