§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he is satisfied with progress on the Shorts Tuscano aircraft;
(2) when the first 12 Shorts Tuscano aircraft will er ter Royal Air Force service;
(3) when the Shorts Tuscano will enter Royal Air Force service.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
There has been some slippage in the programme, due partly to a strike at Shorts, which is expected to lead to a few months' delay in the delivery of the early Tuscano T Mk 1 aircraft. The first aircraft is forecast to be delivered in early 1987 and the first 12 by the end of 1987. We hope to be able to recover some of the slippage later in the delivery programme.