HL Deb 26 April 2001 vol 625 c55WA
Lord Rogan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the cost of air sea rescue in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [HL1470]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The overall cost of the provision of search and rescue in Northern Ireland cannot be readily disaggregated from the wider expenditure of providing the trooping capability, which is the Wessex's primary role. However, the following figures give an estimate of the no loss costs of those SAR missions undertaken by the Wessex aircraft in Northern Ireland, which provide the majority of the SAR cover, over the last five years:

Year No of Call Outs Wessex Costs
1996 31 £74,400
1997 27 £64,800
1998 34 £81,600
1999 29 £69,600
2000 23 £55,200