§ 4. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Air what proposals he has for ordering new aircraft for the transport of heavy equipment for the Services.
§ Mr. Williams
Can my right hon. Friend give an undertaking to the House that, when the time comes for placing orders for new aircraft for this purpose, the priorities will be settled so as to place orders for British aircraft if possible, but that, if it is impossible to get British aircraft to meet the requirements, aircraft will be bought which will be able to have British aero engines fitted to them?
In our examination and study of our future transport requirements, and particularly in our study of future strategic freighter requirements, it was perfectly natural, and I think right, that we should have made a study of the capabilities of every aircraft available in every country, but this does not mean that we have taken any decision to order anything but British.