HC Deb 08 July 1964 vol 698 cc379-80
2. Mr. McMaster

asked the Minister of Aviation what discussions he has had with Short Bros. and Harland regarding the development and construction of a twin jet, 40-seat passenger aircraft which could replace the DC3 in airline service; and what decision he has taken.

Mr. Amery

Short Bros. and Harland have given my Department a preliminary brochure about this project. The company is now working out its plans in more detail. I understand that it may put some proposals to me shortly.

Mr. McMaster

In thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware of the wide potential market for an aircraft of this type and whether he will do all he can to expedite the work of his Department so that a speedy decision may be reached on this project?

Mr. Amery

I have not yet seen a comprehensive estimate of market studies, but projects of a somewhat similar character are planned by other manufacturers. We shall certainly await with great interest any proposals that Short Bros. and Harland make to us.