§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will make a statement about the development and equipment of the multi-rôle combat aircraft.
§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will give a progress report on the multi-rôle combat aircraft.
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
The arrangements agreed with the Federal Republic of Germany, and Italy, our partners in this collaborative project, provided for a comprehensive review of progress at the end of the first year of the development programme. That review has been completed 161W and all three Governments have expressed their satisfaction at the progress which has been made in this important programme. Equipments for the M.C.R.A. are being selected progressively after a process of competitive tendering.