HC Deb 28 November 1955 vol 546 cc1929-30
43. Mr. Baldock

asked the Minister of Supply how many modifications to the Valiant aircraft have originated in his Department; and how these compare in number with modifications from other sources?

Mr. Maudling

About 270 of the modifications to the Valiant, approved up to 11th November, 1955, originated in the Ministry of Supply. The remaining 700 were either originated in the Air Ministry or were put forward by the contractor.

Mr. Baldock

Will my right hon. Friend say how this compares with other aircraft of a similar type recently completed?

Mr. Maudling

I should say it is a fairly reasonable number of modifications for an aircraft of this size, and I think it compares reasonably with the experience of the United States with similar machines.