HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 cc342-3W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make representations to Airbus to ensure that a British team(a) leads the planning and (b) provides the powershaft for the A400M heavy lift transport for the RAF. [40563]

The Prime Minister

The Government of course hope that the UK defence industry will be involved as much as possible in this project and recognise the considerable expertise that industry could bring to this project. Ultimately, Airbus Military is free to select its own suppliers on the grounds of performance and cost.