HC Deb 16 February 1959 vol 600 c13
22. Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Supply what consideration is being given to the need for an ultra-long-range military transport aircraft.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence has already announced our intention to order the Short Britannic 3 as a strategic freighter for Transport Command.

Mr. Mason

As I specifically mentioned ultra-long-range transport in my Question, may I ask whether it is not time that the Ministry of Supply were applying its mind to this matter in view of the recurring difficulties we are having in areas where we have intermediate bases and where the danger is? If we want ultra-long-range aircraft, now is the time when something should be done about it?

Mr. Taylor

This factor and all other relevant factors were taken into account in arriving at the decision to order the Britannic, which meets the prospective needs of the Services in the long-range category. I have no knowledge of any new requirements.

Mr. G. Brown

Will the Minister confirm that, while it is true that the Services are not agreed on any one aeroplane, they were all agreed that the Britannic 3 was one that they did not want?

Mr. Taylor

I cannot confirm that.

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