§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the effect on deliveries to the services of the recent British Aerospace strike; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
The strike at British Aerospace has disrupted the delivery schedules of the Tornado and Harrier aircraft with seven Tornados and six Harriers delayed so far.
Action is in hand to recover the situation on Tornado which is produced at the company's Lancashire sites, where normal working was resumed earlier this month. But industrial action at the Kingston plant continues to affect the production of the Harrier.
There is as yet no impact on our operational capability.