§ 26. Mr. Barnett
asked the Minister of Technology what discussions he has had with the major British aircraft manufacturers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Barnett
As no British aircraft company can be a viable proposition without taxpayers' money in large sums and without Government co-operation, was it not a gratuitously offensive and stupid action to appoint a Chairman of B.A.C. whom the Minister himself has dismissed from all public offices? How can he now expect the sort of co-operation that is needed to create a viable aircraft industry?
§ Mr. Corfield
Will the Minister bear in mind that there are inevitably feelings 18 about personalities between the Government and the industry, and that the Government are not in a position to stand in a white sheet on this?