§ Mr. Rogers
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current operational role of RAF Macrihanish; and how many aircraft are customarily based there on permanent and temporary duty.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
RAF Macrihanish is established to support United States navy maritime patrol operations in war. No aircraft are based there permanently in peacetime, although United States navy United Kingdom, and the occasional Royal Netherlands navy aircraft exercise there from time to time.