HC Deb 02 March 1956 vol 549 cc159-60W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Supply the result of the ground-running trials of the helicopter, the contract for which was placed by his Department with Hunting Percival Aircraft Limited in 1951; when this aircraft is to fly; and the total cost to public funds to date of this venture.

Mr. Maudling

As I announced during the defence debate on 29th February, it has been decided, as part of the general rationalisation of the helicopter programme, to discontinue Government support of this project. My Department is, however, arranging for a limited amount of ground running and flight testing to be carried out before work ceases, so that we may obtain as much information as possible from the development so far. The ground running is expected to take place this month and the flying during next month. As I told my hon.

Monthly imports into the United Kingdom of motor cycles and motor tricycles
Western Germany Italy Other countries Total
April 2,593 996 79 3,668
May 1,660 1,832 97 3,589
June 1,772 1,076 91 2,939
July 4,953 1,418 484 6,855
August 4,222 2,234 840 7,296
September 4,216 1,779 1,147 7,142
October 5,481 2,165 551 8,197
November 5,199 1,731 1,222 8,152
December 5,398 2,093 878 8,369
January 3,304 1,880 376 5,560

and gallant Friend on 31st October, 1955, it is not the normal practice to make public details of the sums of money paid to individual firms.