Defence written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the A400M.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

A contract for the development and production of the A400M aircraft was signed with Airbus Military on 27 May 2003 by the Organisation for Joint Armaments Co-operation on behalf of the participating nations (Germany, France, Turkey, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom). The contract milestones are being achieved, and as previously announced, on 16 December 2003, Hansard, column 839W the aircraft's planned In-Service Date for UK is 2011.

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