§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what aircraft were considered for use on anti-oil pollution patrols; why each was rejected; and why a foreign aircraft was chosen.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The aircraft to be used on antipollution patrols is one of a number being provided and operated by a firm which has been contracted to undertake a varied package of aerial counter-pollution work, including patrolling and dispersant spraying. The choice of contractor was made, after full competitive tendering, on the basis of competence, ability to meet a performance specification, and the cost of the total service. No stipulation was made of the make of aircraft to be740W provided except insofar as they should be capable of meeting the specified performance criteria. The company awarded the contract is British and of the eight aircraft committed to the overall contract five are of British manufacture.