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Volume 130: debated on Monday 21 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list Royal Air Force participation in Maple Flag exercises in Canada since 1979, giving the number and type of Royal Air Force aircraft involved and dates of the exercise on each occasion.

[holding answer 4 December 1987]: The information requested is as follows:

YearDateAircraft involved
1979128 April—12 May8 × Buccaneer
2 × Jaguar
1980114 April— 7 May8 × Harrier
1981114 April—16 May8 × Buccaneer
1982114 April—17 May8 × Harrier
1983112 May—27 May8 × Buccaneer
2 × Hercules
198428 April—26 May8 × Harrier
198527 April—25 May8 × Tornado
198627 April—24 May8 × Harrier
198727 April—25 May8 × Jaguar
1 Precise central records are not available for the period before 1984 although the details given above are thought to be broadly accurate.