HC Deb 07 February 1968 vol 758 cc395-6
7. Mr. Corfield

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many aircraft of American manufacture are currently on order by British airlines; and what increase in the cost of these has resulted from devaluation.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

Including orders by independent airlines, in regard to which information may be incomplete, 15 such aircraft are actually on order, at an estimated increased cost of £13 million after devaluation.

Mr. Corfield

Does not this highlight the absurdity of excluding all aircraft from investment grants and, in view of the crucial importance to the economy of modern forms of transport, is it not about time that the Board of Trade reviewed this whole question?

Mr. Mallalieu

I will certainly ask my right hon. Friend to consider that.