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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Stevens of Ludgate Lord Stevens of Ludgate UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 December (HL11984), what proportion of RAF Voyager aircraft flights have had as the principal passenger (1) a member of the Royal family, and (2) a current minister.

Photo of Lord Stevens of Ludgate Lord Stevens of Ludgate UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 December (HL11984), what categories of people can be the principal passenger on RAF Voyager aircraft flights.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The RAF operates a fleet of nine Voyager aircraft. One of these, Voyager ZZ336 has been adapted to operate in the long-range VIP transport role in addition to its primary role of air to air refuelling.

When operating in the VIP transport role, ZZ336 will carry Her Majesty The Queen or the Prime Minister. Additionally, on occasion other senior members of the Royal Family or Cabinet Ministers may travel on ZZ336 on official duties with the approval of either Her Majesty The Queen or the Office of the Prime Minister as appropriate.

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