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Helicopter Rescue (Scotland)

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 23 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 18 February, Official Report, columns 627–28, what further progress has been made in setting a date for the establishment of a search and rescue helicopter in north-west Scotland.

My Department has today placed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for the provision of a search and rescue helicopter to be based at Stornoway. The helicopter will be a Sikorsky S61N Mk II aircraft, the civil equivalent of the military Westland Sea King. It is expected to be on station at Stornoway in early May.