§ 35. Mr. de Freitas
asked the Minister of Supply what long-range sea reconnaissance aircraft are on order for the Royal Air Force.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
The Shackleton 3 is the maritime reconnaissance aircraft currently on order for the Royal Air Force. Deliveries are almost complete. Earlier marks are being progressively modernised to an equivalent standard.
§ Mr. de Freitas
Is not this admission that there is no aircraft on order other than the Shackleton a very serious one? Can the Minister say, at least, that existing types of aircraft, such as the Britannia could be modified to meet Coastal Command requirements when the Shackletons themselves are given up?