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Air Force: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of pilots in the RAF is for each type of aircraft. (200939)

Information on pilot numbers for each type of aircraft is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

In 2006 the projected requirement for RAF pilots for the end of Financial Year 2007-08 was 2,268. The total number of RAF pilots as at 1 March 2008 was 2,080. Reliable figures for a more recent estimate are unavailable following the phased implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system.