§ Mr. Swayne
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Boeing C-17 airlifter as a potential solution to the heavy lift requirement of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.173W
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
The Boeing C-17 is one of several options being considered to meet the RAF's requirement for heavy lift for both the short and long-term needs. We have yet to complete our assessment and I would not wish to anticipate the outcome.
I hope to be able to make an announcement in the new year.