HC Deb 29 November 1973 vol 865 c211W
Mr. Prescott

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will instruct all RAF bases to cease all air military exercises during the present fuel crisis, and in particular at the Bentwaters base.

Mr. Kershaw

No. A certain number of flying exercises are essential if our forces are to be kept properly trained. But the number and scope of such exercises is being reduced to the minimum required for this purpose. I understand that a similar policy is being followed by the United States Air Force at Bent-waters and its other bases in this country.