§ 20. Mr. Wilkinson
asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will now make a statement on the trials of Harrier 883 aircraft embarked at sea, and on his future plans for the deployment of these aircraft with ships of the fleet.
§ Mr. Wilkinson
With respect to my hon. Friend, these evaluations and studies have gone on for many years All the while Soviet sea power round our coasts is growing and is visible to the eye. In these circumstances, will he expedite plans to get fixed-wing V/STOL air power to sea to follow the carriers as soon as possible?
§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
Does it not seem strange to my hon. Friend that the Americans seem able to make evaluations for their Navy quicker than we can for the Royal Navy? Cannot he pull somebody's finger out?