§ 50. Mr. Terry Walker
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision will be made about the future of the Nimrod aircraft.
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
The RAF's Nimrod aircraft will remain effective in their maritime reconnaissance roles, which currently include fishery protection and surveillance of offshore installations, for the foreseeable future. As regards the replacement of our Shackleton airborne early warning aircraft, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 14th December 1976 to a Question from the hon. Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall)—[Vol. 922, c. 654–5].