§ Mr. Tynan
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the deployment of RAF Griffin aircraft from Cyprus outside Cyprus since 2002 required the mobilisation of sponsored reserve personnel; what cost it entailed; and what mobilisation costs were budgeted when the leasing contract was signed to cover such deployments. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Griffin helicopters, which are supplied by a contractor but flown by RAF personnel, have been based in Cyprus since April 2003. The aircraft have been deployed once since, in support of a training exercise. There is no contractual requirement for the aircraft to deploy on operations and no requirement for contractor personnel to be sponsored reserves.