§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what discussions he has had with the management of Hawker Siddeley Aviation about launching a new version of the Trident airliner powered by two quiet engines, about refitting British Airways existing fleet of 40 Tridents to extend their service life and about the chances of resurrecting the HS 146 project; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kaufman
Although my right hon. Friend has not met the management of Hawker Siddeley Aviation personally, the Department maintains close contact with the company about future possibilities for civil aircraft, including those mentioned by the hon. Member. Hawker Siddeley Aviation has no current proposals before the Department for Government action on the Trident or the HS 146.