HC Deb 13 June 1973 vol 857 c339W
Mr. Dykes

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his estimate of the repercussions on the Concorde project of the recent Soviet supersonic air crash at the Paris Air Show.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

The development of Concorde and the TU-144 have proceeded independently. Concorde is being subjected to the most rigorous tests of structural and flight safety ever undertaken for a civil aircraft. I do not believe that its prospects should in any way be affected by the tragic accident to the TU-144.