§ Mr. Wilkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the memorandum of understanding signed with the French and West German Governments about the production of a third generation of anti-tank guided weapons.
§ Mr. Pattie
This memorandum of understanding represents an important step in promoting effective European collaboration on anti-tank guided weapons. The planned programme of development and production will lead to shared costs of development, economies of scale in production, and a wider export market. Collaborative arrangements are designed to ensure that British industry has a substantial share of the work.