HC Deb 24 November 1958 vol 596 c2W
20. Mr. Hale

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the absence of any defined programme for future aeroplane construction has already produced unemployment in ancillary industries; and what steps he proposes to take.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

The contraction in the programme for military aircraft construction has led to some unemployment in ancillary firms, though by and large, since these firms are scattered throughout the engineering and allied industries and usually have interests outside the aircraft field, the results have not been serious. I have been at pains to make known to the industry all new aircraft requirements now being considered.