HC Deb 01 February 1967 vol 740 c111W
69. Sir Ian Orr-Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the consultations between the Ministry of Aviation, his Department and the manufacturers in the formulation of new requirements and during feasibility and project studies have been placed on a more formal footing than hitherto, as recommended in the Plowden Report.

Mr. Healey

H.M.G. fully recognise the need to keep in close touch with industry during the formative stages of a project. The appointment of the Head of Defence Sales has strengthened the links with industry and helps to ensure that their views, particularly on marketing prospects, are taken into account.