HC Deb 06 May 1968 vol 764 c15
11. Mr. Onslow

asked the Minister of Technology what support his Department is giving to research into the application of V/STOL techniques to civil aviation.

Mr. Stonehouse

Exploratory studies and initial research are being carried out by the Department in consultation with other Departments, the aircraft industry, airlines and interested bodies.

Mr. Onslow

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that the effort being devoted to this type of technique is sufficient to maintain the lead which Britain has built up? Would he agree that money might be better spent on this than on some of the other projects which are sponsored by his Department?

Mr. Stonehouse

Yes, Sir. I am satisfied that enough effort is being devoted to this activity. We would expect the requirement for this type of aircraft to arise in eight to 10 years' time, so that the amount of research now being conducted is, I think, appropriate.

Mr. McMaster

What proportion is being spent on the deflector jet and what proportion on the multi-jet?

Mr. Stonehouse

I will obtain that information and write to the hon. Gentleman.