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Royal Air Force (Aircraft)

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish details of the total numbers of Royal Air Force aircraft on charge in each of the years since release of the previous figures to Parliament in December 1976, using the same basis of calculation as that given in the answer to a parliamentary question on 2 July 1968.

My Department's funds support, through the Science Research Council, (i) projects in which the funds are used to provide all or, in collaboration with other nations, part of the vehicle or ground control installation; (ii) projects in which involvement is limited to the provision of such experiments—mainly by university researchers—as are accepted for flight on European Space Agency (ESA) or United States National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) vehicles; (iii) the United Kingdom contribution to the science programme of the ESA. For the year 1979–80 the expected expenditure on these activities is:

The figures for 31 December in each year are as follows:

They are not directly comparable with the figures given to my hon. Friend in December 1976, although they are comparable with those given in July 1968.