Two types of jet-propelled vertical take-off aircraft are being developed represented by the Short S.C.1 and the Hawker P.1127. While the Short S.C.1 is essentially a research aircraft, the Hawker P.1127 is designed to meet a probable military requirement. It is too early to consider placing production orders, but I am doing all I can to ensure that we press ahead as quickly as possible with the exploitation of the new principles involved in these two aircraft.
I thank my right hon. Friend for what he has said, but will he bear in mind that Britain is leading the world in this type of development and that if the P.1127 tests proceed as satisfactorily as they have begun there can be a large market in the N.A.T.O. countries? Will he also bear in mind that these aircraft might settle the squabbles in Scotland?