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Airlift, Zambia (R A F Personnel And Cost)

Volume 728: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1966

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what British Forces are now stationed in Commonwealth and foreign territories in connection with supplying Zambia and enforcing sanctions against Rhodesia; and what is the cost to date.

A detachment of Transport Command is providing an airlift with Britannia aircraft from Nairobi to Zambia, partly to meet the fuel requirements of the air defence force in Zambia and partly to supply oil products for the civil economy. A detachment of Shackletons is based at Majunga to assist in the surveillance of the sea approaches to Beira. The cost of the R.A.F. oil airlift to date has been about £1·75 million including the cost of supplying fuel for the aid defence force. The cost of the R.A.F. surveillance operations is not yet available.