§ Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the RAF redundancy programme. 233W
§ Mr. Freeman
A total of some 8,600 Royal Air Force redundancies are planned in two phases over 1995–96 and 1996–97. Those leaving in 1995–96 will be volunteers. Work is continuing on the composition of the second phase in 1996–97, which will be made up of volunteers and some compulsory redundancies. It is hoped that as many places as possible will be taken by volunteers.