HC Deb 31 March 1958 vol 585 cc84-5W
60. Sir H. Kerr

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has considered the comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Appropriation Account for 1956–57 of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Civil Appropriation Accounts, Class IX, Vote 4, paragraphs 129–133; and whether he is satisfied that the British instrument landing system referred to in these comments has since been successfully developed for military use.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

I welcome the opportunity to dispel any possible misunderstanding which may have arisen about this equipment. The Comptroller and Auditor General's comments were directed towards a system required for use in civil aviation; the development of this started in this country in 1945. Since then, and learning from the lessons of that work, there has been developed in this country an improved version for use by the Royal Air Force. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air tells me that this version has been giving satisfactory service in the Royal Air Force and I also understand that the firm which developed, and is now producing, this system has high expectations of substantial export business.