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Chartered Transport Aircraft

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on chartering transport aircraft in the past six months. [113952]

During the six-month period, November 2002 to April 2003, the Ministry of Defence has spent some £50.3 million on the chartering of commercial transport aircraft. This figure is provisional and subject to final audit. The majority of this ad hoc chartering was in support of operations in Iraq, including the strategic leg of the casualty evacuation process. Charter aircraft have also been required to support other operations, including the transfer of Service personnel from Germany and Northern Ireland to cover the fire dispute, the deployment of the Spearhead Lead Element to Sierra Leone, plus routine trooping.