§ 6. Mr. Beswick
asked the Secretary of State for Air how many years service he expects to get from the unmodified Comet II aircraft purchased for Transport Command.
§ Mr. Beswick
Are we to understand that the Secretary of State accepted into the Service an aircraft the price of which was not his concern at all but the life of which was limited to 2,000 hours utilisation and which was not able to do certain operations at all because of restrictions laid upon it as to airworthiness? Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that this is the best way to get value for the taxpayers' money?
§ Mr. Usborne
Is not the long and short of it that the Government have decided to give a subsidy to de Havillands and that this is the way they are doing it—by buying up otherwise scrap aircraft?