HC Deb 18 May 1977 vol 932 c171W
Mr. Cyril Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement as to the future development of the helicopter, and if he will conduct discussions with other EEC members to consider joint development of prototypes, involving Westlands of Yeovil.

Mr. Les Huckfield

My Department is in touch with Westlands about possible development of civil helicopters. I understand that the company has similar contacts with the Ministry of Defence about future military helicopters. Opportunities for European collaboration are being examined. I am fully aware of the Yeovil situation, having already received a deputation from the work force. I am visiting the company shortly.