HC Deb 18 November 1957 vol 578 c4W
47. Major Beamish

asked the Minister of Supply to what extent and in what ways his Department is interested in the development of vertical take-off aircraft; and, in view of the fact that research and development on these aircraft have great potentialities, whether he will give an assurance that they are not being held back by lack of finance.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

The Ministry of Supply is interested in many forms of vertical take-off aircraft in addition to helicopters. The S.C.1 research aircraft is already flying and other methods of vertical take-off are being considered. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that a sufficient proportion of the available funds is being devoted to vertical take-off aircraft.