HC Deb 02 February 1968 vol 757 cc413-4W
Mr. Robert Howarth

asked the Minister of Technology if he will give details of the proportion of work which will be undertaken in this country for the manufacture of the three Anglo-French helicopters by weight and value and where each model will be assembled.

Mr. Stonehouse

Work on all three helicopters will be divided on the basis that each country will receive a share equivalent to the value of its national requirements plus an agreed share of exports. National requirements are not yet final. It is not therefore possible at the present time to assess the volume of work to be undertaken in the country. Each country will assemble its own helicopters.

Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Technology what amount was included in the defence reasearch and development budget for 1967–68 in respect of the Anglo-French variable geometry aircraft and what amount will be saved in this year as a result of cancellation.

Mr. Stonehouse

The provision for the AFVG for 1967–68 was £2.65 million. Payments for work on this project have yet to be made in full, and the estimate for this financial year is £1.2 million, producing an estimated saving of £1. 45 million.

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