§ Mr. McKibbin
asked the Minister of Supply what plans he has for placing further Government orders in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
I am about to place an order for three Bristol Britannias Mark 250. The Government have under consideration plans for making these aircraft available on suitable terms to independent airline operators for trooping. The Bristol Aeroplane Company have informed me that on receipt of this order they will order the production of a total of eight Britannias Mark 250 by Short Brothers and Harland in Belfast, with whom they are associated. The labour force needed to make these eight aeroplanes will build up to about 1,500 within about 18 months.