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Prince William

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 887-88W, on His Royal Highness Prince William, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of training His Royal Highness Prince William as a pilot. (202762)

No specific calculation has been made of the individual cost of HRH Prince William’s flying training. However it is unlikely to exceed that of equivalent training undertaken by other trainees, given that basic flight training covers a series of set elements.

The cost of providing basic flying training for the RAF is detailed in the following table.

RAF flight training costs

Activity

Aircraft type

Cost (£000) at 2007-08 prices

Elementary Flying Training

Tutor

19.4

Basic Fast Jet Training

Tucano

93.5

Basic Rotary Wing Training

Squirrel

49.4

Total

162.3