HL Deb 02 February 1999 vol 596 cc188-9WA
Lord Peston

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to change the location of the University of London and Cambridge University Air Squadrons. [HL859]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert)

The basing of Cambridge University Air Squadron and the collocated No. 5 Air Cadet Air Experience Flight, at Cambridge Airport, has been reviewed to determine whether their operations could be undertaken more effectively at another location. At the same time it has been necessary to identify a new location for the University of London Air Squadron and part of the No. 6 Air Cadet Air Experience Flight task, due to increased helicopter operations at RAF Benson, their current locations.

RAF Wyton has been identified as the most cost-effective and operationally suitable location for the two Squadrons and the Air Experience Flights. On current plans, the transfer of these units will commence in September 1999.