HC Deb 24 June 1968 vol 767 cc4-5
3. Mr. Corfield

asked the Minister of Technology what financial support the Government is planning to give towards the development of the BAC111–600.

Mr. Stonehouse

No request for launching aid has been received from the company.

Mr. Corfield

Has the right hon. Gentleman any estimate of the market that this aircraft is likely to command? If so, will he give us an indication as to whether the Government will support it if the market is adequate?

Mr. Stonehonse

The BAC111 so far has sold very well; over 150 have been sold. The market appreciation, which is not yet complete, indicates that there would be fairly good sales for the 600 series. We will be taking all this into account, particularly the export prospects, if any application is made to us.