HC Deb 17 June 1999 vol 333 c206W
29. Mr. St. Aubyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with British Aerospace on future prospects for the aircraft industry; and if he will make a statement. [86527]

Mr. Battle

I and my officials maintain regular contact with British Aerospace and other companies involved in the aerospace and defence industries. Indeed I was happy to attend the Paris Air show earlier this week when I enjoyed constructive discussions with many of industry's key players. Our discussions cover a wide range of issues relevant to the future success of these sectors, including the need to play a leading role in international restructuring and to maintain global competitiveness.