HC Deb 22 June 1956 vol 554 c138W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Supply if the Hunting-Percival research helicopter, the contract for the construction of which was placed by his Department with this firm in 1951, has yet started flying; when its ground-running trials were commenced and completed; and if he will discontinue use of public funds to finance further research into the possibilities of this new form of helicopter propulsion.

Mr. Maudling

The helicopter has not flown yet; ground running trials commenced on 29th April and are not yet complete. There will be no further Government support for the project, beyond the limited programme of which I informed my hon. and gallant Friend in reply to his Question of 2nd March.