§ Mr. O'Neill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what funding has so far been given by his Department for developing the advanced short take-off and vertical landing aircraft.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The United Kingdom and United States Governments are participating in a jointly agreed but separately funded programme of studies into propulsion and control technologies for a possible advised short take-off and vertical landing aircraft. The United Kingdom contribution to this programme so far amounts to about £2 million.