HC Deb 18 March 1968 vol 761 c15
15. Mr. Ridley

asked the Minister of Technology if he will undertake to prevent the Beagle Aircraft Company from acquiring any other light aircraft firms.

Mr. Benn

No, Sir.

Mr. Ridley

Why will not the Minister give such an undertaking? Is he aware that what he is saying is that, if any of the competitors succeed, they are under notice that they may be gobbled up? Will he give an undertaking that he will not interfere with Beagle's competitors in this way?

Mr. Benn

To say that I will not give an undertaking that there would not be a commercial arrangement between Beagle Aircraft Company and another aircraft company is not the same as saying that, if others succeed, they will be gobbled up. The hon. Gentleman has confused the logic of the matter.

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