HC Deb 24 November 1958 vol 596 c12
24. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the Minister of Supply what progress is being made in finalising the specification of a supersonic airliner.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

As the House is aware, a research study is in progress. The final report, however, is not expected to be available for some time.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Is my right hon. Friend aware that his reply to my Question does not take us very much further? Is he also aware that this is a very important matter which may seem a long way off today but which will mean a great deal to Britain in years to come? Will he, therefore, try to give the House a little more information about what is being done?

Mr. Jones

I agree that this is a very important matter. On the other hand, I think it important, first of all, to determine what the most economic shape of a supersonic civil aircraft is likely to be. At this stage I would say that it is more important to have clarity of conception than to plunge into pell-mell execution.