§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent Martin Baker ejector seats are being supplied for F-18 aircraft for the United States navy; to what extent Martin Baker is being prevented from further participation in this project as a result of United States legislation; and whether this is in accordance with the memorandum of understanding between the two Governments.
§ Mr. Pattie
Martin Baker is contracted to supply 256 ejection seats to the United States navy for its F-18 aircraft, of which 156 have been delivered. The contract was won after competition with United States industry. Congress has now made it a condition of granting sums for the F-18 aircraft programme in fiscal year 1983, that the Secretary of the Navy submits a plan to incorporate a United States manufactured ejection seat system. The Government have expressed their serious concern at this development, which they believe is contrary to the provisions of the 1975 memorandum of understanding. I shall be discussing the matter further during a visit to the United States in February.