§ Mr. Quentin Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the lowest operational attitude at which the C130J aircraft is cleared to fly in the RAF. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 3 May 2000]While the C 130J is being introduced into service and development of its full tactical capability continues, the lowest operational altitude for which it is cleared is 2000 ft, except for take-off, visual circuits, instrument approaches and landings. Clearance for low level operation will follow when trials work is complete.