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Merlin Helicopters

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Merlin helicopters have been fit for service in each year since 2003. (253219)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: I will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Substantive answer from Quentin Davies to Willie Rennie:

I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 3 February (Official Report, column 1116W), about percentages of Merlin helicopters ‘Fit for Service’.

The term ‘Fit for Service’ has been taken to mean the Effective Fleet, which covers all aircraft barring those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal. The information requested is set out in the table below:

Merlin Mk1Merlin Mk3

Departmental fleet number

Percentage of Departmental fleet ‘fit for service’'

Departmental fleet number

Percentage of Departmental fleet ‘fit for service’

2003-04

42

100

21

100

2004-05

41

100

21

100

2005-06

41

100

21

100

2006-07

41

100

21

100

2007-08

41

100

21

100

These figures do not include the six Merlin helicopters acquired from the Danish government as these aircraft were not introduced into service until financial year 2008-09, having been converted to UK standard as Mk3a.