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Volume 895: debated on Monday 7 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what savings will accrue from the proposal in the White Paper, Command Paper No. 5976, to reduce the size of the planned Royal Air Force helicopter tactical transport force by one-quarter.

The running cost of the helicopters which are to be taken out of service is about £1 million a year; further substantial savings will accrue in support and training and from the abandonment of earlier plans to purchase medium lift helicopters for support of the Army.