HC Deb 19 February 1969 vol 778 c108W
Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out in the OFFICIAL REPORT the detailed calculations which have led him to conclude that the eventual transfer of H.M.S. "Condor" to Lee-on-Solent would result in a saving of £1,200,000 per annum.

Dr. David Owen

The present annual running cost of the Air Engineering School at H.M.S. "Condor" is about £1.26 million; and of the Air Electrical School at Lee-on-Solent about £1.1 million. Since the training task will be roughly halved when fixed-wing flying comes to an end in the Fleet Air Arm the total running costs of the two combined schools would achieve a saving of about £1.2 million a year, provided that the amalgamation took place at Lee-on-Solent.

This station houses other units as well as the Air Electrical School and these could not be accommodated elsewhere if the school were moved.