§ 18. Mr. Hardy
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will describe the present capacity of the Royal Air Force, and state how this compares with the position in March 1974.
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
The RAF possesses a powerful and well-balanced capability over the range of tasks with which it is likely to be confronted. Since 1974 this capability has been steadily improved and still further substantial improvements are in hand.