§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the estimated proportion of expenditure on the Tornado (MRCA) programme, expressed in £ sterling, that will be incurred in the United Kingdom and Wales, respectively; and what proportion of the total programme the United Kingdom share represents.
§ Dr. Gilbert
The United Kingdom is entitled to 46.84 per cent. of the common development work, 47.59 per cent. of the common production work carried out in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy taken together. The estimated value of the development work to which the United Kingdom is entitled cannot be disclosed, but the production work likely to be carried out in the United Kingdom is estimated to total about £2,600 million. I regret that information is not available44W about the distribution of work to particular areas of the United Kingdom and that it would take disproportionate effort to ascertain it.