HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 c1038
9. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Supply, in view of the need for the development of helicopter travel, if he can now give information about the production by the Bristol Aeroplane Company of a new type of two-engined helicopter suitable for inter-city travel.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

The Bristol 173 has not yet reached the production stage.

Mr. Dodds

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many progressive business houses are arranging facilities for helicopter landings in connection with their business, and in view of the need for inter-city passenger services, will he do all he can to expedite the production and use of twin-engined helicopters?

Mr. Strauss

Yes, we ordered two of these helicopters from this firm. The first is just completing its prototype stage. It will then have to undergo considerable tests before it is finally passed.