HC Deb 14 April 1978 vol 947 c543W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Phantom air defence squadrons are at present wholly assigned to SACLANT for a maritime role; and how many will be so assigned after the Royal Navy squadron on HMS "Ark Royal" is disbanded after the ship is scrapped.

Mr. Wellbeloved

The answer to both parts of the Question is "Two"; but there will be a short delay after HMS "Ark Royal" pays off before a second RAF squadron is assigned to SACLANT to replace the RN squadron.