§ 4. Mr. Woodnutt
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total value of orders received to date from the United States of America by British manufacturers to offset the cost of the F111; and what efforts he has made to include machine tools in the list of approved equipment.
§ Mr. Mason
130.87 million dollars. Milling machines are included in the U.S. Air Force's Shopping List, and several British firms have shown interest in tendering. We are pressing the U.S. Navy to include machine tools in their list. The U.S. Army does not buy significant quantities of machine tools.
§ Mr. Woodnutt
I congratulate the Minister on the progress which he has made. Could he not try to have the whole range of British machine tools included? There are many machines which we make for ordnance factories in Australia and Canada and which are not included in this list.
§ Mr. Goodhew
On the subject of offset sales, how can we hope for early decisions on subjects like machine tools when only on 6th April we were told in another place by the Minister without Portfolio that matters like the automatic testing equipment which belong to the aircraft itself are still under consideration?
§ 5. Mr. Woodnutt
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the agreement to offset the cost of the F111 exempts British quotations from the provisions of the Buy American Act.
§ Mr. Woodnutt
Is the Minister aware that the provisions are only waived for machine tools for contracts in excess of 100,000 dollars at any one time, building up to 500,000 dollars in a year? This is a very large figure for small items like machine tools, and it should be lowered. Can he give an assurance that he will try to do something?