HC Deb 21 July 1965 vol 716 cc1553-4
7. Mr. Goodhew

asked the Secretary of State for Defence by what date he expects the Spey-engined Phantom aircraft to be in squadron service in the Royal Air Force, and how this date compares with that estimated for the P1154 at the time of its cancellation.

Mr. Healey

I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the Answer I gave to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Sir A. V. Harvey) on 2nd June.

Mr. Goodhew

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the Government, having stated that they would not take the P1154 because of the time-scale factor, will have this other aircraft in service at an earlier date, because this is important, apart from the cost, which also looks as if it might be doubtful?

Mr. Healey

The hon. Gentleman will be glad to know that, owing to the decision taken by Her Majesty's Government for the Phantom instead of the P1154, the R.A.F. will have a supersonic aircraft of the nature it requires fully delivered four years earlier than under the former Government's programme.