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Military Aircraft: Crew

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planning total is for qualified fast jet pilots at the end of each of the years 2007 to 2010. (135919)

The following table provides the planning total for Royal Air Force and Royal Navy qualified Fast Jet Pilots for the next four financial years.

Financial year

Number of pilots

2007-08

790

2008-09

765

2009-10

760

2010-11

750

Notes:

1. These figures exclude pilots who hold the rank of Wing Commander or above.

2. All figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

3. The RAF element of the figures provided include a manpower training margin to compensate, partially for the loss of productive effort of trained personnel whilst they undergo long periods of training, or for other losses due to such factors as long-term illness, pregnancy or terminal leave.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suitably qualified fast jet pilots were available for active service at each year end since 2000. (135920)

The following table provides the number of qualified Royal Air Force and Royal Navy fast jet pilots as at 1 April.

Number

2000

675

2001

655

2002

645

2003

685

2004

690

2005

690

2006

680

Notes:

1. The figures show all fast jet pilots, including those who may be medically downgraded or are in non-flying posts, but excludes pilots who hold the rank of Wing Commander/Commander or above.

2. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.

3. Obtaining actual numbers for those pilots who are combat ready would involve a manual trawl of data and could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.