HC Deb 12 February 1973 vol 850 c223W
39. Mr. Cordle

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is satisfied that Concorde will be a viable aeroplane and will sell well enough to recoup development investment; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

Successive Administrations have made clear that there is no possibility of recovering more than a part of the research and development investment in Concorde. We shall aim to recover as much as we can through sales of the aircraft.