HC Deb 26 November 1962 vol 668 cc7-8
5. Mr. P. Williams

asked the Minister of Aviation what further discussions are to take place with the French Government relating to a supersonic airliner.

17. Mr. Cronin

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will make a statement on the financial aspects of the proposed development of an Anglo-French supersonic airliner.

Mr. J. Amery

I have invited M. Dusseaulx, the French Minister of Public Works, Transport, and Tourism, to come to London on Thursday, 29th November, for final discussions on the arrangements for the joint development and production of the proposed supersonic airliner. I hope to make a further statement to the House on the same day.

Mr. Williams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in spite of the hesitations of certain noble Lords on this matter, it is worth while for Britain, even in conjunction with other nations if need be, on financial grounds to take the lead and to maintain it, and that he can be assured that when this matter comes to fruition it will have the welcome of most of us on this side of the House?

Mr. Amery

My hon. Friend will, I think, find that the Government are very much in line with his thinking.