HC Deb 30 July 1962 vol 664 cc21-2W
Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Aviation if he is aware that the Princess flying boats are to be used by their purchaser for testing nuclear engines; and what consultation he had with the Atomic Energy Authority, before sanctioning the sale, regarding the use of these boats for this purpose.

Mr. Amery

It is, I understand, the case that the purchaser of the three Princess flying boats hopes to use them in connection with a proposed programme for the development in America of nuclear propulsion in aircraft.

The three flying boats were sold to the highest bidder after world-wide advertisement that they were on sale.

The Atomic Energy Authority was fully consulted before the Princesses were offered for sale.