HC Deb 22 May 1957 vol 570 c82W
65. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what recent consultations British Overseas Airways Corporation has had with him regarding approval for the purchase of new aircraft; and what sum of money is involved.

69. Mr. P. Williams

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is now in a position to make any announcement about his approval for aircraft to be purchased by British Overseas Airways Corporation for delivery in the 1960s.

Mr. Watkinson:

As I informed the House on 10th April last, B.O.A.C. have been conducting a searching examination into the possibilities. It has completed this and has informed me of its decision to place an order for 35 aircraft of a type to be known as the V.C.10 for delivery from 1963 onwards. The aircraft will be developed by Vickers Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd. as a private venture—no Government money being involved.

The Government have approved the necessary capital expenditure by B.O.A.C., amounting to about £68 million, including initial spares.