§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied that the United Kingdom will retain adequate design capability in the VTOL despite the decision not to proceed with the British-designed development of the Harrier.
§ Mr. Pattie
Subject to the final conclusion of satisfactory terms of collaboration, the AV8B development of the Harrier for both the US Marine Corps and the RAF will be a genuinely joint programme. I am confident that this programme will help to maintain the British VTOL design capability.