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Armed Forces: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, (1) what the budget for the Helicopter Fund is in 2008-09; and what percentage of that budget will be met by the UK; (207650)

(2) how much the UK contributed to the seed fund for the helicopter support initiative.

The UK has made a one off contribution of £5.75 million to this fund. We continue to seek additional contributions and have not yet considered applications for programmes to be resourced from the fund.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 May 2008, Official Report, columns 15-18WS, on helicopters on operations, whether (a) NATO or (b) the EU is responsible for the Helicopter Fund. (207652)

The Helicopter Fund is currently facilitated by NATO (SHAPE) but neither NATO nor the EU is responsible for the fund. Contributing nations will decide how resources are allocated.