HC Deb 17 March 1965 vol 708 c1278
44. Mr. David Price

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will make a statement upon Her Majesty's Government's programme for the further development of satellite launchers and sounding rockets.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Pending a review of United Kingdom interests in space, including the defence interests to which my hon. Friend the Prime Minister referred in his reply to the hon. Member for Hendon, North (Sir Ian Orr-Ewing) on 24th February, I am not prepared to make a statement.

Mr. Price

Will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear today whether this means that the Black Arrow project, as successor to Black Knight, has either been put back or been abandoned?

Mr. Jenkins

No, Sir. I do not want to go beyond what I said on this matter today, but the hon. Member would not be right in making any pessimistic assumptions.