Ministry of Defence: Aviation

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th November 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid to other national governments for the receipt of charter air transport since January 2021.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

UK Defence routinely charters aircraft from charter airlines globally to meet defence needs.

In the period in question no money was paid to national governments for the provision by them of air charter services.

However, the UK is part of the Movements Co-ordination Centre Europe (MCCE), a multinational organisation that facilitates the exchanges of excess Air Mobility capacity. Since 1 Jan 21 MCCE facilitated Air Transport services have been provided to the UK by a number of different NATO partners and the UK has similarly provided reciprocal services where these have been available and required.

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