§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of possible conflict between the FOA and JAST programmes. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
[holding answer 19 October 1995]: Work is in progress to define our requirement for a future offensive aircraft—FOA—for the Royal Air Force. JAST—joint advanced strike technology—is a US programme to develop a family of common-based aircraft for the US services. There is no conflict between the two programmes.