HC Deb 10 November 2000 vol 356 c417W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troop carriers are on lease from Boeing; and at what cost. [137413]

Mr. Hoon

[holding answer 9 November 2000]: A contract was signed on 2 September for the lease of four C-17 aircraft for seven years, commencing in mid 2001, to meet our Short Term Strategic Airlift requirement. The exact contract price is commercially confidential, but in broad terms we expect the overall cost to be in the order of £500 million, including maintenance of the aircraft. The aircraft will be used to carry material rather than troops.