HC Deb 15 July 1971 vol 821 c133W
Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of State for Defence what final arrangements have been made with France to cover the purchase of the Exocet missile ; and how much of its production will be carried out in this country.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

A contract has now been signed between Her Majesty's Government and Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale—S.N.I.A.S.—for the purchase of a number of Exocet missiles and associated equipments and services ; and also a Memorandum of Understanding between Britain and France, in which the French Government have underwritten the fulfilment of the contract terms. A substantial proportion of the British order will be manufactured in the United Kingdom ; and British firms will participate in the production of Exocet equipments for other customer countries.