HC Deb 07 July 1975 vol 895 cc81-2W
Mr. Wiggins

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what savings will accrue from the proposal in the White Paper, Command Paper No. 5976, to reduce the Nimrod force by a quarter.

Mr. John

I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Tynemouth (Mr. Trotter) on 1st July.—[Vol. 894, c.376.]

Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current number of aircraft owned by the RAF, Royal Navy and Army; how many of the total are helicopters; and how these figures compare with those for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years ago.

Mr. William Rodgers

The information is set out below:

Year Fixed Wing Aircraft Helicopters Aircraft Total
1955* 9,300 100 9,400
1960* 4,540 260 4,800
1965 3,580 640 4,220
1970 2,570 930 3,500
1975 1,940 940 2,880
* Minimum figures. Exact figures not readily available.

Mr. Critchley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to find a European aircraft to replace eventually the F I 00s and F105s presently in service with some allied air forces.

Mr. William Rodgers

We expect to join in consultations with a number of our European allies about future requirements for combat aircraft and the ways in which these might best be met, taking account of the advantages of common solutions, amongst other factors.

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