§ 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 22W 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.