§ Mr. Dickens
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will specify the number of United Kingdom personnel engaged on the construction of military airfields and airstrips in Thailand in each year from 1964 to the present, and the expenditure falling upon the United Kingdom public funds as a result of this activity.
§ Mr. Healey
One medium range transport airfield was built in Thailand by the Royal Engineers and handed over to the Thais early this year. It was designed to help to provide communications in a poor area, though its use is for the Thai Government to determine. The numbers of U.K. personnel engaged varied between about 350 and about 500, and the extra cost to H.M.G. was about £1.3 million.