§ Mr. Soames
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how long is the delay on the Tucano basic trainer programme; and what is the reason for it.
§ Mr. Lee
[pursuant to his reply, 23 June 1986, c. 25]: There will he a few months' delay in the delivery of the first aircraft but it is hoped to recover most of the slippage later in the delivery programme. The delay has occurred because the initial phases of the programme took a little longer than expected and there was an industrial dispute which is now resolved. There are no technical problems.