HC Deb 16 April 2002 vol 383 cc823-4W
Mr. Jenkin

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the(a) establishment and (b) strength of pilots is for (i) Tornado F3, (ii) Tornado GR1/4, (iii) Harrier GR7 and (iv) Jaguar. [49771]

Mr. Ingram

The position at 1 April 2002 is set out in the table.

Force Established flying posts1 Strength
Tornado F3 116 108
Tornado GR1/4 134 122
Harrier GR7 67 63
Jaguar 60 55
1Comprises wing commander, squadron leader and junior officer posts on front line squadrons, operational conversion units, operational evaluation units and wing appointments. In addition to the established flying posts on the specified aircraft type, fast jet pilots are required for instructional duties within the RAF's flying training system, overseas exchange posts, the RAF Acrobatic Team and a number of ground duties shared by all General Duties Branches.