§ 30. Mr. McMaster
asked the Minister of Technology what assistance is being given by his Department to V/STOL aircraft manufacturing projects.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
Manufacture of the Harrier is in progress for the R.A.F.; this will be the world's first operational V/STOL aircraft. The Department is supporting a number of lift engine programmes, and, in consultation with other interested bodies, is carrying out exploratory studies and research into problems of inter-city VTOL aircraft.