§ Mr. Jamieson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the benefits to be achieved by moving the RAF Osprey Squad from200W Portland to Yeovilton before the Lynx is replaced by the Merlin in 2005. 
§ Mr. Soames
As explained in my Department's consultative document on the proposed closure of the royal naval air station at Portland, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, it will be possible to collocate the remaining Royal Navy Lynx helicopters at Yeovilton from 1999. The closure of RNAS Portland would result in significant savings to the defence budget.