HC Deb 17 February 1958 vol 582 cc857-8
47. Miss Burton

asked the Minister of Supply if he will make a statement on his visit to Armstrong Siddeley Motors at Coventry.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

I visited Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Coventry, on 28th January as part of a programme of visits to aircraft companies. I took the opportunity of discussing with the management the programme of work which the company are undertaking on behalf of my Department as well as their plans to do an increasing amount of civil work whether for aircraft purposes or outside the field of aircraft. I was much impressed with what I saw and heard, and particularly with the company's efforts to diversify their business. I have subsequently been glad to hear that the company have opened discussions with the Bristol Aero-Engines, Ltd., with a view to the rationalisation of their activities.

Miss Burton

Whilst being very glad at the well-deserved tribute which the Minister has paid to this company, might I ask him if his visit has made him feel that, when the Government have some research work to be undertaken, a firm such as this, with its well-knit team, should certainly be remembered?

Mr. Jones

I hope the hon. Lady does not interpret any praise of mine as a firm commitment, but I shall be only too happy to take into account the claims of Armstrong Siddeley's whenever I have an order to place.