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RAF Halton

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many powered take-offs took place at RAF Halton in each calendar year since 2003; how many were carried out by each unit in each year; and if he will make a statement. (155902)

The annual number of powered take-offs from RAF Halton is capped at 16,300 per year as a result of a decision made by the then Under- Secretary of State for Defence in 2004. This figure has never been exceeded.

The total number of powered take-offs from RAF Halton in 2003 was 14,143 and in 2004 was 13,293. A full breakdown by unit is not available for those years. The powered take-offs from RAF Halton for 2005 and 2006 broken down by unit are shown as follows:

Units

2005

2006

613 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (613 VGS)

5,378

4,291

Joint Services Gliding Centre (JSGC)

3,094

2,377

RAF Gliding and Soaring Association (RAF GSA)

430

575

Halton Aeroplane Club (HAC)

4,287

4,159

Halton Microlight Club (HMC)

2,408

2,180

Other

312

118

Annual total

15,909

13,700