§ Mr. James Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to order further aircraft for the Royal Air Force.
§ Dr. Gilbert
To maintain the Royal Air Force's front-line force into the 1980s we have today placed an order for a further 24 Harrier GR3 aircraft with Hawker Siddeley Aviation Limited. Other ways of enhancing the capability of our Harriers are under consideration.
§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the number of operational aircraft in the Royal Air Force is likely to be further reduced as a result of the Government's latest defence cuts.
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence told the House on 12th January 1977.—[Vol. 923, c. 1455.]