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Air Force

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours Royal Air Force pilots spent transporting dignitaries in each of the last 12 months. (302002)

For the purposes of this question we have defined dignitaries to be Government Ministers, other parliamentarians and members of the Royal family.

Dignitaries have been transported by RAF aircraft on a number of occasions over the last 12 months. The number of hours that have been spent by RAF pilots transporting dignitaries is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.