Seacat Anti-Aircraft Missile (Export Orders)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th March 1963.

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Photo of Mr Stanley McMaster Mr Stanley McMaster , Belfast East 12:00 am, 4th March 1963

asked the Minister of Aviation what is the number and value of export orders won by Short Brothers and Harland for the Seacat anti-aircraft missile.

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

The firm has so far received six orders from overseas countries. These are worth some £3 million. Negotiations for further orders are in progress.

Photo of Mr Stanley McMaster Mr Stanley McMaster , Belfast East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this has been a most successful venture and shows how skilled we are in Northern Ireland in undertaking tasks like this? Is he also aware of the value to training in electronics of work like this being placed in Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

I very much agree with what my hon. Friend has said. There is a tendency in considering guided weapons for public opinion to concentrate on the failures. I am glad that my hon. Friend has underlined one of the outstanding successes.

Photo of Mr Stratton Mills Mr Stratton Mills , Belfast North

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind particularly the need for additional finance being made available to finance the development of a missile to take the place of Seacat when it has become out-dated?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

We have already advanced £10 million to Short Bros. and Harland for the completion of the Belfast and Seacat programme.