§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the purpose of the recent Quicksaver exercise at RAF Lossiemouth; and what it revealed about the cost of providing a civilian search and rescue service.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The Quicksaver exercise conducted in 1987 was a review of the engineering manning levels in support of search and rescue flights. No direct cost comparison was made with the provision of a civilian SAR flight.