asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware that at least four years are needed for the design and production of an aeroplane engine suitable for civil aviation after the war; and whether any steps are now being taken to design an engine suitable for civil aviation?
I am satisfied that the immense efforts which have been, and continue to be, devoted to the design and development of aero engines for war purposes will enable us to provide post-war British civil aviation with engines which will compare favourably with any in the world.
Current aero engine development and design for essential military purposes automatically embrace conditions appropriate for civil use, such as high speed take-off and high cruising power, with a minimum of fuel consumption consonant with the maximum reliability and minimum cost of maintenance.
If the American company has similar designs on the drawing board will my hon. Friend see that something is done to get on with the job of financing civil aeroplanes in this country?