HC Deb 24 March 1948 vol 448 cc2992-3
18. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many helicopters have been ordered by his Department; and when it is anticipated they will be ready for use.

Mr. A. Henderson

Various promising experiments with helicopters are being conducted for the Ministry of Supply. Development has not yet, however, reached a stage when service orders for these aircraft can be placed by my Department.

Mr. Freeman

Can the Minister say when he will be in a position to order any, or to take any steps in that direction?

Mr. Henderson

No, Sir. That depends on the progress of this development work.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Does the Minister realise that the makers of the helicopters are offering them to civil aviation, and if they are doing that, why cannot he take advantage of it?

Mr. Henderson

I was not aware that that was the position.