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Gibraltar: Armed Forces

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy vessels have visited Gibraltar in the last 12 months. (205633)

During the 12 month period (1 May 2007 to 30 April 2008), Royal Navy vessels have visited Gibraltar on 59 occasions. In addition (and for completeness), seven Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vessels have visited Gibraltar over the same period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tornado aircraft have been operating out of Gibraltar airport in the last 12 months. (205634)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Tornado aircraft are planned to continue operating out of Gibraltar over the next three years. (205635)

There are presently no plans for Tornado aircraft to operate out of RAF Gibraltar. However, RAF Gibraltar is capable and prepared to operate Tornado aircraft of all types and the MOD reserves the right to operate aircraft of all types from the station in accordance with Defence requirements.