§ Mr. Onslow
asked the Minister of Aviation what tests on the low-level dropping of vehicles from aircraft are being conducted at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough; for how long these tests have been carried on; how many staff are engaged in them; and what cost is now involved.
§ Mr. Stonehouse
Research into the feasibility of ultra low level air dropping of stores in general, including some vehicles, was started by the R.A.E. in 1960, since when about 130 drops have been made. Four scientific staff are employed on the tests part-time in the98W current financial year, when the comprehensive cost will be a little under £60,000.