HC Deb 05 November 1958 vol 594 cc918-9
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.

7. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Air what decision he has made about the re-equipment of Transport Command with strategic freighter aircraft.

Mr. Ward

Future Transport Command requirements for freighters are still being studied.

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?

Mr. Ward

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.