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Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Westland helicopters have been supplied to India in the British Government's aid package; and if he will make a statement as to the effectiveness of this package.

The British aid programme grant funded the supply of 21 Westland WH30 helicopters, together with spares, at a cost of £65 million. The helicopters were delivered on schedule at the agreed cost. They are operating mainly in the Indian oil and natural gas industry.