HC Deb 16 March 1959 vol 602 c13
19. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Supply what encouragement he is giving to work on the technique known as boundary layer control for aircraft now under development by a British aircraft company.

The Minister of Supply (Mr. Aubrey Jones)

In addition to research work, mainly at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, I am financing work in industry and am examining with aircraft operators the possible advantages of this technique.

Wing Commander Bullus

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that we are maintaining our long lead in this very important field? Should we not press ahead with intensive research?

Mr. Jones

Certainly we should press ahead. I am extremely interested in this technique. On the other hand, there is a strong case for not plunging ahead too wildly without knowing a little more about it.