HC Deb 03 February 1984 vol 53 cc387-8W
Mr. Raffan

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement about Rolls-Royce's participation in collaborative aero-engine projects.

Mr. Tebbit

I have given approval to Rolls-Royce to participate with its US, Japanese, German and Italian partners in the launch of the V2500 aero-engine project. I will make a further announcement once launch-aid arrangements are finalized.

I have also given approval for a proposed collaboration between Rolls-Royce and General Electric (USA), to be announced by the companies today, whereby Rolls-Royce will participate in General Electric's CF6–80C engine programme, and General Electric will participate similarly in Rolls-Royce's RB211–535E4 programme.

I very much welcome these collaborations which anticipate will be commercially highly successful.

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