HC Deb 06 May 1968 vol 764 cc10-1
7. Mr. McMaster

asked the Minister of Technology if he will state the value to Short Brothers and Harland of their sub-contract work on engine covers for the RB211 jet engines being manufactured for export by Rolls Royce.

Mr. Stonehouse

This is currently a matter for commercial negotiation between the Company and Rolls Royce Limited.

Mr. McMaster

In view of the Government's share interest in the company, will the hon. Gentleman not state what employment he expects this contract to give and for how long?

Mr. Stonehouse

We expect a substantial increase in the work load as a result of the RB211 pods and I am very glad that Rolls Royce has confirmed that the work will be going to Shorts. This work will build up and the peak will be about 1972. I cannot say exactly how many men will be employed on it.

Sir Knox Cunningham

Has the hon. Gentleman any other order in mind which could be placed with Messrs. Short?

Mr. Stonehouse

Yes, a good deal of work is being arranged for Shorts. This pod programme is one of them, and we are satisfied that Shorts can have a very important and viable programme in the next few years.

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