HC Deb 23 February 1949 vol 461 cc1854-5
49. Mr. Donner

asked the Minister of Defence whether he will consult with the Chiefs of Staff Committee in order to solve the problem created by the invention and development of several jet engines, which, in due course, will come off the secret list, in order to ensure that certain jet developments remain, so far as is practicable, secret, and that in no circumstances can they be sold to any foreign Power, except one in close, friendly and permanently harmonious relations with His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Alexander

I am satisfied that the present security arrangements are adequate. Even when no longer on the secret list these engines are subject to export control and their export is restricted as necessary to comply with security requirements.

Mr. Donner

In view of the reversal of policy announced on Monday whereby we are not to sell any more jet engines to Russia, can the right hon. Gentleman give an absolute assurance that the measures which are being taken to protect our latest types and developments are really effective?

Mr. Alexander

I have already said that we have been into the matter and are satisfied that the security arrangements adopted are satisfactory.