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Parachute Training

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of parachute training (a) facilities and (b) resources for (i) new and (ii) serving members of the airborne forces between 2008 and 2011; and if he will make a statement. (116507)

The parachute training facilities at No. 1 Parachute Training School, RAF Brize Norton and the Brigade Parachute Squadron at Wattisham Airfield, support the training of new and serving members of the airborne forces. Aircraft availability is to some extent dependent on current operational requirements but parachute training continues to be conducted to meet our requirements.

In terms of future facilities and resources, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 326W, to the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier). The departmental planning round is yet to be completed but it remains the case that all troops deployed on operations will receive the required level of training to enable them to fulfil their military tasks.