HC Deb 09 May 1951 vol 487 cc1924-5
5. Surgeon Lieut.-Commander Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Air what progress he has made in his negotiations for the purchase of North American F86 Sabre jet fighter aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Mr. A. Henderson

The question of the supply of F86 aircraft to the Royal Air Force under the Mutual Defence Assistance Programme is still under discussion with the United States Government. I am unable to say when the discussions will be finalised.

Surgeon Lieut.-Commander Bennett

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman finalise these discussions as fast as he possibly can, because of the present lack of suitable British fighters in the Royal Air Force?

Mr. Henderson

Yes, Sir, but this concerns another Government besides our own.

Mr. Snow

Does my right hon. and learned Friend's answer mean that the advanced types demonstrated at Hendon last year are not yet in production?

Mr. Henderson

No, Sir. That is quite a different thing.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman finalise his use of the word "finalise"?