To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any Harrier GR 5 aircraft have been flown since the loss of a GR 5 in October; and if he will make a statement.
Harrier GR 5 test flying has been suspended until the cause of the accident on 22 October has been fully investigated. A board of inquiry, which was convened on 24 October, is still in progress, and flying is unlikely to be resumed before early next year.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the order for the second batch of Harrier GR 5 aircraft has been postponed; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 16 November at column 454. The second batch order has not been postponed and ordering is consistent with the need to maintain the manufacturing programme and aircraft deliveries.