Dakota Aircraft

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan 12:00, 2 July 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many Dakota aircraft have been sold to Russia since he removed them from the strategic list published last October.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Is the right hon. Gentleman surprised at that? Did he notice that last weekend the TU 114 flew from Moscow to New York in 11 hours, a distance of nearly 5,000 miles? Does he still expect to sell Dakotas to Russia? Will he not try to get out of this Cocom agreement, which is putting him into America's hip pocket, and begin to think of the interests of this country?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I do not follow the hon. Gentleman.