§ 8. Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Minister of Technology what progress has been made in the development of the 950 hovertrain; and what future he envisages for this form of transport.
§ 11. Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Minister of Technology if he will now make a statement about measures for the practical development of the hovertrain in this country; and if he will state what organisation will take over this responsibility.
§ Mr. Roberts
Is my hon. Friend aware that Japan already has plans for a 400 miles per hour hovertrain linking Osaka and Tokyo and that the United States proposes to spend 90 million dollars in the next two years on hovertrain research? Would he not agree that high-speed hovertrains are an ideal form of transport for linking British towns and cities?
§ Mr. J. H. Osborn
Will the development be given to a private company or to institutional organisations?
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
Does not the hon. Gentleman recognise that if the full export potential of this very important development is to be realised, we must show that we have faith in this country first? In view of the very considerable pressure brought to bear from both sides of the House in this matter, will he give an assurance that the Government will not stint this prototype hovertrain?