Policy

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will give more details of his proposals for improving national aviation policy.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave to the right hon. Member for Vauxhall (Mr. Strauss) on 21st November.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

But does the right hon. Gentleman realise that we can have no real national policy for aviation till he gives a decision with regard to the building of a supersonic airliner? Can he tell us when he is going to get beyond the project stage and come to the contract stage? Does he realise that the Convair Company in America has now reached the contract stage and that we shall be left far behind unless the right hon. Gentleman comes to a firm decision on this matter?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I think that we ought to be a little cautious before we place a contract for a supersonic air transport. It is essentially a project which costs a great deal of money and on which a good deal of international co-operation is very worth while. I am trying to secure the latter.