§ Mr. Robert Atkins
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when air staff target 1228 was cancelled or deferred; what has replaced it; what was the delay between air staff target 1228 becoming invalid and its replacement becoming effective; and what are the differences in criteria between the two.
§ Mr. Pattie
The need for a weapon to meet air staff target 1228 remains. Several options are currently being studied, but a decision is not likely to be made until later this year.