§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give details of the advantages of the proposed European multi-role combat aircraft over the Harrier in a multi-combat role.
§ Mr. Healey
No such comparison can be made. The Harrier, with its unique V/STOL capability is designed for the specific task of providing battlefield close support for ground forces; it is not a multi-role aircraft.