§ The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Roy Mason)
A number of ships in the Royal Navy would, to a varying degree, be capable of operating V/STOL aircraft.
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles
Does the Secretary of State realise how important it is that the Navy should continue to have ships that can operate vertical takeoff aircraft, from the point of view of the prevention of war rather than waging war, because it is in this respect that manned aircaft have such an advantage over a missile?
§ Mr. Churchill
I recognise the difficulties that the Secretary of State is having with certain of his hon. Friends, but is it not clear that British employment interests and British export and balance-of-payments interests require a very early go-ahead for the V /STOL aircraft required for these ships?