§ Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of Royal Air Force airfields which were active in(a) 1965, (b) 1975 and (c) which will be active after the "Front Line First" changes have been implemented. 
§ Mr. Soames
There were a total of 216 RAF airfields in 1965 and 162 in 1975. It is currently planned that, following the implementation of the "Front Line First" initiatives, there will be 39 active RAF airfields in 1999.