HC Deb 28 February 1967 vol 742 cc253-4
25. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Technology what steps he is taking to promote research aimed at improved reliability in electronic equipment in aircraft and space craft because of the need to ensure its safe functioning during a mission.

Dr. Bray

Research on reliability is being carried out in our establishments and under contract in industry and at universities. Also, suitable design standards are laid down both for general use and in specific purchases.

Mr. Rankin

Is not this research of the utmost importance, because during a mission no repair or adjustment can be carried out on electronic equipment?

Dr. Bray

Yes, Sir; this is very well appreciated by the engineers responsible, and the ensuring of reliability is a large part of the total technological development effort in any project.