To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Harrier GR5 will be employed in the battlefield air interdiction role; and if he will make a statement.
The Harrier GR5 will be employed both in the battlefield air interdiction role and in providing close air support of troops.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current unit cost of the Harrier GR5.
[holding answer 16 November 1987]: It is now our practice not to publish unit production costs, but I refer the hon. Member to table 3.2 of volume 2 of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1987" (Cm. 101–11).