HC Deb 03 March 1958 vol 583 c813
5. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Supply if he is now in a position to make a statement about his future policy on aircraft research and development.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

No, Sir; but I shall do so as soon as possible.

Mr. Beswick

Can the Minister tell us what considerations are holding up this statement? The defence statement is out and, presumably, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has made up his mind about the broad outlines of the financial possibilities. Does not the Minister understand that it is necessary to know whether we are to have sufficient fundamental research in this country to support an aircraft construction industry? How much longer are we to wait?

Mr. Jones

When I first referred to this inquiry before Christmas, I said that I should endeavour to make a statement before spring. I understand that spring starts at 3 a.m. on 21st March. I will, however, endeavour to make a statement as soon as possible.