§ The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Mr. Frank Judd)
Further talks were held with the Malaysian Government in Kuala Lumpur from 25th to 27th January, and on 13th and 14th February, and will be continued in a fortnight. We have provided the Malaysians with further material on environmental matters and believe that we are close to meeting their concern.
§ Mr. Adley
Will the Minister accept that most people believe that the wrangle has to do either with money on behalf of the Malaysians or spite on their behalf that Singapore Airlines is gaining an advantage by flying Concorde? Is not the net result of this continuing damage to the 1423 future marketing prospects of the aeroplane?
Does not the Minister think that it is about time that Her Majesty's Government took some steps to bring this negotiation to a conclusion? Is he considering calling for the cessation of traffic rights between Malaysia and Britain in order to bring this about?
§ Mr. Watkinson
Can my hon. Friend say whether there has been any talk between Her Majesty's Government and the French Government on the question of Concorde and the recent Press reports that France is considering cancelling the whole project?