§ 32. Mr. Rankin
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what further orders for Pioneer aircraft have been placed in view of their proven usefulness in Malaya.
An order has recently been approved for a further four Pioneer aircraft. This will bring the number of these aircraft ordered for Malaya to 18.
§ Mr. Rankin
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this civilian aircraft, which is doing a civilian job in a very good way indeed, deserves all the tributes he has paid to it, and will he do his best to further still more orders?
I think that on operational grounds 18 is about enough for that theatre, but I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman about the value of this very good aircraft.