§ 70. Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Minister of Aviation, in view of the fact that the firm of Ferranti have declared themselves willing to allow him to have all information available relating to the Bloodhound contract, including their books and accounts, whether he will now request to examine them.
§ Mr. Amery
Messrs. Ferranti have already been requested to give my Department access to records of the actual cost of Bloodhound I production for the period up to 31st March, 1961. They are unwilling to do this and have made no offer in the terms set out in the question. They have, however, offered access to their books for the purpose of verifying the cost information on which fixed prices were agreed for these contracts in October, 1960. Such access would not reveal the total actual production costs up to 31st March, 1961, and as the figures on which prices were agreed are not in dispute, the firm's offer has not been taken up.