§ 11. Mr. Edelman
asked the Minister of Supply the total sums paid through his Department to aircraft companies for the last three years for which figures are available, in the form of payments against development and production contracts, respectively.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
The expenditure on the production of airframes and aeroengines and spares therefor, in the three years from April, 1951, to March, 1954, was£84 million,£1295 million and£161 million, respectively. It is not the practice to give details of expenditure on research and development.
§ Mr. Edelman
Is it not the case that there are vast subsidies of public money concealed in these figures? Is it not time there was a public inquiry into this enormous expenditure for so little return?
§ Mr. Beswick
Does the figure include the cost of aero-engines, airframes and spares which have been delivered?