It would not be in the public interest to disclose what has been done or is being done in this field, but as my right hon. and gallant Friend the Minister of Aircraft Production said in his speech yesterday, development work on bomber type conversion is not being neglected.
Is it not within the recollection of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman that this particular bomber was originally designed as a civilian prototype, and are not production and machine tools available to enable transport or civilian machines to be produced rapidly for the purpose stated in this Question?
As the Minister of Aircraft Production said yesterday, this particular type was not originally designed as a civilian aircraft. I happen to remember the time when it was originally put on the drawing board. As the Minister of Aircraft Production said yesterday, other types, which it would not be in the public interest to specify, are being developed as transport machines.
Apart from whether it is in the public interest or not, can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give an assurance that his Department and the Ministry of Aircraft Production are concerned with giving us a transport and civilian machine for this purpose in future?