HC Deb 06 March 1969 vol 779 cc158-9W
Q10. Mr. Rankin

asked the Prime Minister what were the terms of the message he sent, or caused to be sent, to the appropriate authority in France offering congratulations on the successful launching of Concorde 001.

The Prime Minister

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology and Monsieur Chamant, the French Minister responsible, sent a joint message to each of the four main contractors. They also sent a joint message to Monsieur Turcat, the chief test pilot and captain of the aircraft.

I am circulating the texts in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Message to the main contractors: On the occasion of Concorde's successful first flight we send our warmest congratulations to you and to the thousands of people in the industries of our two countries who have contributed to the achievement of this important stags in the development of this great project.

Message to Monsieur Turcat: On the occasion of this first flight which you have carried through so well we send you our warmest congratulations and ask you to convey them together with our thanks to all your crew.