§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how service aircraft replacements are costed; what was the value of military aircraft listed as destroyed in the defence White Paper; and if there was any residual value in such aircraft.
§ Mr. Lee
Most initial orders for service aircraft include an allowance for forecast attrition and therefore one-for-one replacement of aircraft lost in accidents does not normally arise. The notional value for accounting purposes of aircraft listed as destroyed in the 1986 Statement on Defence Estimates was £74 million based on 645W the current production cost or, if the type is no longer in production, the original cost uprated to current prices. In both cases an allowance for depreciation has been applied. Whenever the aircraft is recoverable, serviceable parts are reused or utilised as ground training aids. The small residual element is sold as scrap.