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Helicopters

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the number of helicopters available in Iraq; what steps he is taking to ensure sufficient helicopters have been procured; and if he will make a statement. (95520)

There are sufficient numbers of helicopters in Iraq to carry out the allocated tasks. The precise number of helicopters cannot be disclosed as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the security of our armed forces. We keep under constant review how best to sustain and refresh the helicopter capability provided to operations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with Boeing on the return to flight of the eight Mk3 Chinook helicopters which have been grounded since their delivery to the UK; and if he will make a statement. (95779)

There has been no recent discussion between the Secretary of State for Defence and Boeing on the return to flight of the eight Mk3 Chinook helicopters, although there has been recent senior level engagement with Boeing, including by the Minister for Defence Procurement.