HC Deb 21 July 1986 vol 102 c72W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson) of 7th July, Official Report, column 7, when the operational training sortie referred to was planned; and what was its estimated cost.

Mr. Freeman

The RAF Nimrod operational training sortie was planned some two months in advance and was approved in accordance with standing instructions. The estimated cost of the sortie based on the hourly flying rate was about £50,000.