27. Mr. Robert Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF aircraft have crashed this year; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Soames
A total of seven RAF aircraft have crashed in six accidents. Separate boards of inquiry are carrying out thorough investigations in order to determine the causes of each accident and to consider what action may be necessary to minimise the risk of recurrence. In line with normal policy, a summary of the findings of each inquiry will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses in due course.