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Consultation on proposed changes to statistics on military aircraft

Opening date: 26 September 2007
Closing date: 28 December 2007
Department: Office for National Statistics
Category: General

This consultation is now closed, and the response is shown here.

Statistics on flying hours and accidents for military aircraft have been published as National Statistics since January 2004. The tables are produced using information provided by Aircraft Flight Safety Centres and other sources within the Ministry of Defence (MoD). They include statistics for almost all military aircraft, some of which go back to the 1970s. Currently, the Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA) is the only publisher of comprehensive aircraft accident and flying-hour information.

DASA continually reviews its outputs and publications, focusing its services on customer needs, and re-prioritising its work and re-deploying staff to other work areas as a result. There is very little information on the number of customers that use aircraft statistics and how much they value them. DASA has recently conducted a review of internal customers and found that there was little need for these statistics internally.

Due to the many re-organisations within the department, it has become increasingly difficult to find sources of flying hours data that are accurate and up-to-date. As a result, DASA has had to spend an increasing amount of time sourcing and acquiring flying hour data.

In the light of the lack of internal MoD demand and the increased cost of providing the data, DASA decided to consult externally about the possibility of discontinuing these National Statistics.

This consultation is now closed - details of the findings will appear in due course. For more information contact:

Richard Cable
Defence Analytical Services Agency
Spur 8, Beckford

Tel. 01225-468976
Fax. 01225-468918

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