HC Deb 12 February 1968 vol 758 c917
1. Mr. Corfield

asked the Minister of Technology what progress has been made in reaching agreement with the United States Government in regard to regulations governing supersonic flight of civil aircraft over land.

The Minister of Technology (Mr. Anthony Wedgwood Benn)

We and the French are discussing with the United States authorities various technical and operational aspects of supersonic flights by civil aircraft, but it is too soon to discuss specific regulations.

Mr. Corfield

Have the right hon. Gentleman's discussions included the United States, and, if they have, will he bear in mind the importance of making any agreement sufficiently long-term to cover the American S.S.T. as well as the Concorde?

Mr. Benn

Yes, Sir; obviously, we have everything to gain by keeping in close touch with the American authorities, and we have this point in mind.