§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings he has had with the commercial airlines in the past year to discuss recruitment of former RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilots. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 15 December 2000]: My colleagues and I have had no such meetings this year. However, there is on-going contact with the airlines under the Royal Air Force Civil Airline Recruitment Scheme. In 95W the light of the continuing shortage of pilots, the Government are considering a range of options to address the problem.