§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the hon. Member for Taunton is sent a report on the outcome of the inquiry into the incident over the Taunton area on 15 June, when a Royal Navy aircraft dropped its fuel tanks; and if he will make an interim statement.
I can confirm that a Navy Sea Harrier operating in the Taunton area on 15 June suffered an electrical fault which caused its two external fuel tanks to be released. The tanks landed in fields. There were no injuries. An investigation is currently in hand and my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence will write to the hon. Member when this has been completed.55W