§ Mr. Warren
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate (a) the non-recurring research and development costs of the proposed combat aircraft project to be shared between the United Kingdom and other European nations and (b) the costs if the United Kingdom carried out the work on its own.
§ Mr. Pattie
As I explained in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Mr. Atkins) on 19 December, no decisions have yet been taken on the method of meeting the recently announced outline European staff target for a future European fighter aircraft. It would be premature to speculate on matters of cost at such an early stage.