§ Mr. Peyton
asked the Minister of Supply to what extent it is his policy to support either the Handley Page Dart Herald or the Avro 748.122W
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
Her Majesty's Government have had under consideration proposals in respect of both these types of aircraft which have been initiated as private ventures. Interest in both types has been expressed overseas including the Commonwealth.
It is considered that their commercial prospects would be improved by an early demonstration of their efficiency in regular operation on normal services in the United Kingdom. Negotiations have therefore been opened—
- (i) for the purchase by my Department of three Handley Page Heralds and for their proving and introduction into service by B.E.A. on certain Scottish routes; and
- (ii) with the Hawker Siddeley Group with a view to arrangements on similar lines for the Avro 748.
Parliamentary authority for any necessary payments will be sought by means of a Supplementary Estimate at the earliest practicable date.