§ 33. Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Minister of Aviation if he has now received the advice of the Transport Air craft Requirements Committee as to the development of the Skyvan light freighter; and if he will make a statement.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aviation (Mr. Neil Marten)
I understand that the Transport Aircraft Requirements Committee will be considering the company's latest proposals for this project at its next meeting. This is being held at the end of this month.
§ Mr. Stratton Mills
While I welcome that announcement, may I ask my hon. Friend to bear in mind the considerable urgency of coming to a decision on the future of this excellent aircraft?
§ Mr. Marten
Yes, Sir; I fully appreciate the need for an early decision, particularly in relation to the Short's design team. But I am certain, having myself seen the aircraft, that it will stand on its own merits.