V-Bomber Force

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th April 1964.

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Photo of Mr Fred Mulley Mr Fred Mulley , Sheffield Park 12:00 am, 15th April 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a further statement about plans to develop a low-level capability for the V-bomber force.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

General trials and development to improve even further the low-level capability of the V-force are progressing satisfactorily. Otherwise, I have nothing to add to what I said during the recent Defence and Air Estimates debates.

Photo of Mr Fred Mulley Mr Fred Mulley , Sheffield Park

Are we to understand from the Minister's Answer that he claims that the V-bomber force already has low-level capability? If not, when does he estimate that it will be avail-able? Is he now able to tell us some-thing about the cost involved in adapting the aircraft and training the men? Is this cost covered by the Estimates that he presented to Parliament a little while ago?

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

The capability already exists, but there are areas in which we could improve it, and that we are doing The costs are covered by the Estimates which have been presented.

Photo of Mr Eric Lubbock Mr Eric Lubbock , Orpington

Can the hon.. Gentle-man say what difference this makes to the life of the aircraft concerned? How many hours will it be capable of flying at these low altitudes?

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

All I can say is that on present training schedules it will be able to carry on well into the 1970s.