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Staff (Germany)

Volume 981: debated on Friday 21 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) teachers, (b) technical, scientific, medical and (c) other United Kingdom-based staff were employed by his Department in Germany on 1 January 1979 and 1 January of the current year, respectively; and why it has not been possible to secure any reduction in the third of these categories.

The following is the information:suspending low flying until this particular incident has been fully investigated.

I have received one letter from the Farmers Union of Wales and one from the hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Howells) to which I shall be replying in the near future. As I told the hon. Member on 17 March 1980, initial reports suggested the crash followed a bird strike, and certainly no evidence has so far come to light in the accident investigation to warrant a suspension of essential low flying training. A synopsis of the circumstances of the accident will be published when inquiries are complete.