HC Deb 01 May 1968 vol 763 cc188-9W
25. Mr. Corfield

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the request by the Italian Navy for the purchase of 20 Hawker Siddeley Harriers.

Mr. Healey

I am not aware of any such request. Nor is the manufacturer. We know, of course, of the Italian Navy's interest in this unique aircraft. It performed the first landing and take off by any fixed wing aircraft on a small helicopter platform on a ship when it visited the Italian cruiser "Andrea Doria" at La Spezia in October, 1967.

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