HC Deb 14 January 1997 vol 288 c222W
18. Mr. Merchant

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on progress on Eurofighter with his German counterpart. [8988]

Mr. Arbuthnot

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence met his German opposite number in November, when Herr Ruhe confirmed that Germany expected to make a decision on the production investment and production phases of Eurofighter early in 1997. I met my German opposite number most recently on 5 December 1996, when he reaffirmed Germany's commitment to the programme.