HC Deb 15 December 1958 vol 597 cc147-8W
80. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the Minister of Supply in what proportions the money earmarked for expenditure in the years 1958–59 and 1959–60 on research on manned aircraft and aero engines is being, and will be, divided as between Government research establishments and the aircraft and aero-engine manufacturers, with comparative figures for 1956–57 and 1957–58.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

The comparative figures for the years referred to show very little change in the proportion of money spent on aeronautical research and development at Government Establishments and in industry. It is not possible to distinguish accurately between research and development but taking both together, much the greater proportion of the money is spent with industry.

82. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is satisfied that in deciding Service requirements for manned aircraft and aero engines there is adequate Government machinery for ensuring that the export potential of the types of aircraft and aero engines in question is fully taken into account; and what that machinery is.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

Requirements for combat aircraft are necessarily determined by operational needs. But in the determination of the requirement advantage is taken of the facilities for consultation within the Commonwealth, N.A.T.O. and Western European Union.