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Defence written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports there were in respect of (a) TriStar and (b) VC10 aircraft in each year since 2003.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

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

A Serious Fault Signal (SFS) is the reporting method used to notify the discovery of a fault that may have immediate and serious implications to an aircraft fleet, or range of equipment. The figures provided in the following table are the number of SFS reports received which are directly attributed to the TriStar and VC10.

Tri S tar VC10
2003 (1) 0
2004 3 4
2005 0 2
2006 0 2
2007 2 1
2008 2 4
2009(2) 1 4
(1) Records for 2003 are not held centrally.

(2) Up until 1 June, the last full month for which data are available.

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