§ 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.