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Rejection rate of the RB 199 engine (fitted to the Tornado F3 and GR4) per 1000 flying hours Rejection rate of the Pegasus engine (fitted to the Harrier GR7/9) per 1000 flying hours

2005-06

April

3.66

1.59

May

1.89

7.17

June

5.06

0.76

July

2.19

4.45

August

3.00

5.81

September

3.20

4.05

October

3.16

5.29

November

2.60

4.87

December

3.27

4.27

January

2.16

4.22

February

3.65

1.97

March

3.95

2.90

2006-07

April

3.19

2.22

May

3.63

8.37

June

3.31

1.54

July

5.07

4.77

August

2.79

2.83

September

2.24

3.17

October

3.24

2.14

November

3.74

1.37

December

2.92

4.80

January

3.82

5.22

February

2.55

1.87

March

4.23

1.64

2007-08

April

2.93

2.51

May

4.00

3.06

June

4.91

4.30

July

3.23

2.30

August

4.12

4.81

September

3.88

4.03

October

4.51

2.63

November

3.61

3.55

December

3.01

1.97

January

2.90

0.94

February

3.47

6.03

March

3.06

3.44


Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters were in service with the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009, broken down by type. [257772]


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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The number of helicopters in service in 1997 and 2009 are shown in the tables. “In service” has been taken to mean the effective fleet, that is all aircraft in Forward and Depth, which are those aircraft expected to be flown by the MOD.

Army
Number
Aircraft type/mark April 1997 February 2009

Augusta 109

4

4

Apache

0

67

Gazelle

208

56

Lynx Mk7/9

130

96


Royal Navy
Number
Aircraft type/mark April 1997 February 2009

Lynx Mk3/8

78

62

Merlin Mk1

0

42

Sea King Mk2

13

0

Sea King Mk4

37

37

Sea King Mk5

17

15

Sea King Mk6

54

0

Sea King Mk6CR

0

5

Sea King Mk7

0

13


Royal Air Force
Number
Aircraft type/mark April 1997 February 2009

Chinook Mk2/2a

40

40

Merlin Mk3/3a

0

28

Puma

40

34

Sea King Mk3/3a

23

25

Wessex

16

0


These figures do not include the eight Chinook Mk3 aircraft being reverted to support helicopter standard. Aircraft leased by the MOD are also excluded.

Military Aircraft: Training

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of training hours spent by fast jet pilots in each aircraft type in the Royal Air Force was in each (a) year since 2003 and (b) month of 2008. [255629]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Officials are collating the information requested. I will write to the hon. Member when this work is complete and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of training hours spent by personnel serving in each type of tanker and transport aircraft in the Royal Air Force has been in each (a) year since 2003 and (b) month of 2008. [255630]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 306W.

Information on a monthly breakdown for 2008 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training sorties for each Royal Air Force fast jet type have been cancelled in the last two years. [255631]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Military Bases: Wales

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the active military sites located in Wales. [244797]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Given the way the information is held, it will take officials a little longer to separately identify all of the active military sites in Wales from those that are not in use.

I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Substantive answer from Kevan Jones to David Jones:


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