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P1 Fighter (Development)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1957.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Lincoln 12:00 am, 31st July 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Air when he expects to have the English Electric P1 fighter in squadron service.

Mr. Ward:

Development of the P1 is going well, but it is still too early to give a date for its entry to squadrons.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Lincoln

Will the Secretary of State carefully avoid the ridiculously optimistic delivery forecasts which his predecessors gave in respect of the Hawker Hunter, because those optimistic forecasts caused great disappointment in the Air Force?

Mr. Ward:

Yes, Sir. I think it is always very dangerous to prophesy in these matters.

Photo of Viscount  Hinchingbrooke Viscount Hinchingbrooke , South Dorset

Has an exact study been made of the likely tactical and strategic rôle of this weapon in any conceivable war we are likely to fight? Surely the programme of equipping the Royal Air Force at this time when we are making substantial economies in defence in a rather more vital held should be looked into very carefully?

Mr. Ward:

We have studied very carefully the likely threat in the various years ahead and I can assure my noble Friend that we certainly shall need this aircraft.