§ Lord Marsh
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What financial support is provided by the Royal Air Force to the Bicester Flying Club and any similar clubs. [HL2385]
§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
The RAF Gliding and Soaring Association (RAFGSA) receives no direct financial support from the Royal Air Force. The RAFGSA, along with other non-public service sport and recreational clubs, is provided with facilities where surplus capacity exists. In the specific case of the RAFGSA's club at Bicester, it is provided with the use of the airfield and a hangar and it is also provided with some manpower support from irreducible spare capacity at the Joint Services Adventurous Training (Gliding) centre at Bicester.