§ Mr. Hooson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is the nature of the rôle at present played by the Royal Air Force in Sudan;
(2) what assistance British pilots and/or aircrews have given in the transportation of supplies for Government forces in Southern Sudan.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
The two Royal Air Force officers at present on loan to the Sudanese Air Force are primarily employed on flying instruction. In the past members of the Royal Air Force training mission have flown supplies to airfields and garrisons in the Southern Sudan and have on occasion taken part in supply drops. Apart from their training duties, however, they have since November, 1965, only been permitted to undertake routine transport flights between recognised civil airfields.