§ 58. Mr. Mulley
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will now state the operational requirements of a replacement for the Shackleton aircraft; and when he expects a firm decision to be made to authorise development work to begin.
§ 65. Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the operational performance of the 231W Shackleton aircraft; and what replacement he has in view to meet the increasing needs of defence.
§ Mr. H. Fraser
Progress has been made on the studies to determine how best to replace the Shackleton aircraft but I am not yet able to say when a decision will be made. Meanwhile the present high efficiency of the Shackleton force will be maintained and improved.