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Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many roulements have been delayed in entering theatre due to aircraft availability in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since 2001. (157039)

Each roulement involves a large number of flights.

Inevitably, some individual flights are delayed for a range of reasons. As far as our records can determine, however, in no instance since 2001 has there been a significant overall delay to a roulement, with the timing of the Transfer of Authority from the departing to the arriving force structures going ahead essentially as originally planned.