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Air Defence Squadrons

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many additional squadrons of air defence aircraft he expects to be added to the strength of the Royal Air Force by 1985–86, excluding Aircraft that may be currently in service with the Royal Navy.

On present plans, one. The scope for further expanding the fighter force is being examined, although the many other pressing claims on the defence budget, and on public expenditure generally, limit what is possible.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many air defence squadrons were available to the Royal Air Force in 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980, respectively.

The figures are as follows:

Fighter Command/
Strike CommandRAF Germany
These figures do not include auxiliary, reserve, airborne early warning, training or missile squadrons, nor squadrons clas-

1949–506·3 per cent.
1959–606·5 per cent.
1969–704·9 per cent.
1979–804·9 per cent. (estimate)