Beagle Aircraft Company

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking 12:00 am, 30th November 1966

asked the Minister of Aviation what is the purpose of his negotiations with Pressed Steel Fisher about the future of the Beagle Aircraft Company; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Fred Mulley Mr Fred Mulley , Sheffield Park

We have been considering means by which the future of the Beagle Aircraft Company, which is a subsidiary of Pressed Steel Fisher Limited, can be assured. Discussions are still proceeding with Pressed Steel and I will make a further statement as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking

Can the right hon. Gentleman say, first, whether he sees this—as his Answer appears to imply—as a rescue operation? Secondly, has he any intention of amalgamating the Government share in this company with the Government's share in the bigger airframe merger?

Photo of Mr Fred Mulley Mr Fred Mulley , Sheffield Park

I cannot answer either question, because until a decision is known I shall not know whether it is possible to do either of the things that the hon. Gentleman suggests.