Nepal: Helicopters

Defence written question – answered on 19 October 2009.

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Photo of Clare Short Clare Short Independent Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2009, Official Report, column 2000W, on helicopters: Nepal, what concerns prompted the establishment of the inquiry into the gifting of two helicopters to the Royal Nepal Army in 2002.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 16 October 2009

Concerns over the airworthiness of the aircraft were raised by the Royal Nepalese Army during servicing of one of the aircraft. These concerns prompted the investigation into the procurement of the two aircraft and the use of UK Government funds.

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