§ Mr. Gray
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2001,Official Report, column 662W, how many C130Ks he plans to decommission in each year over the next 10 years; and when he plans to have completed its phasing out. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Current plans for the last element of the rolling programme to replace part of the Hercules C130K fleet with C130Js are for two of the C130K aircraft based at RAF Lyneham to be retired by 30 April 2002 and one aircraft to be retired towards the end of 2002. There are currently no detailed plans for the decommissioning of the remaining 26 C 130K Hercules, which is predicted to occur by around the end of this decade.