§ Mr. Raphael Tuck
asked the Minister of Aviation (1) whether he will give active backing to the British Aircraft Corporation to enable them to get a super-super VC10 flying;
(2) whether he will give a general direction to British Overseas Airways Corporation to order the super-super version of the VC10 in preference to the United States Boeing 707–820.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
The possibility of developing a larger version of the Super VC10 and B.O.A.C.'s potential requirement for an aircraft of this type are being 245W closely considered. B.A.C. have made it clear to us that the proposals they have put forward would depend on very considerable Government expenditure amounting to several tens of millions of pounds. A number of questions, including the likely export market for such an aircraft, must be resolved before a decision can be reached.