HC Deb 17 March 1965 vol 708 c1252
7. Mr. McMaster

asked the Minister of Aviation whether he will place a further research contract with Short Brothers and Harland for the development of a new multi-jet vertical take-off and landing aircraft as a successor to the SC1.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

No, Sir. We have no requirement which could justify placing such a contract at present.

Mr. McMaster

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the advantages of a multi-jet vertical take-off aircraft, particularly in view of the development in the new Rolls-Royce jet lift engines which have a power-weight ratio of about 25 to 1? Would it not be better if such an aircraft could be developed in this country rather than by Dornier in Germany along with American participation?

Mr. Jenkins

I am studying this matter. We are most anxious to help Short Bros. and Harland. I know how pertinacious the hon. Gentleman is in putting forward that concern's claims. I will watch this matter. But I cannot, and should not, place contracts for things for which there is no requirement in view.