§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what type of RAF assets will be assigned to the NATO main defence force.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
All front-line aircraft are assigned to NATO or could be made available in support of NATO operations. Our contribution to the NATO main defence force will comprise most of the RAF assets not assigned to the reaction force (air). It will thus include strike/attack and reconnaisance assets, a comprehensive air defence capability and, to reflect the increased emphasis on flexibility of deployment, comprehensive transport, air-to-air refuelling and support helicopter forces. RAF regiment assets will also be assigned.