HC Deb 27 October 1965 vol 718 cc66-7W
59. Mr. Chichester-Clark

asked the Minister of Aviation when he expects an interim report from the consultants engaged at Short Brothers and Harland, Belfast; and whether he will make a statement about the future of employment there.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The question of an interim report from the consultants is a matter for my right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State.

Shorts have just been awarded a subcontract by the American main contractor for parts of the wings of the Phantom aircraft which we have ordered. This will make some contribution towards meeting the difficulties of the run-down on current orders in 1966. We are giving close attention to this problem.