Helicopters

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th April 1955.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 4th April 1955

asked the Minister of Supply the cost of the latest type of helicopter for which contracts have been let by his Department.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

As the hon. Member was told on 24th March, 1952, it is contrary to established practice to disclose contract prices.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is there any need for all this mystery about the cost of a helicopter, when so many questions have been asked about the desirability of using it in the Forces?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

It is our practice not to disclose contract prices as a general principle, and that applies in this case as well.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

But could the hon. Gentleman give us some idea of the cost?