With respect, I would have thought that we had done very well. In 12 months we have already covered 40 per cent. of the target for direct sales in order to offset costs which we have to pay over a period of 12 years.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say, apart from the very welcome order placed with Rolls Royce from the United States, what is the value of other orders? Is he aware that the cost of submitting tenders to the United States is very high indeed for many British firms, which are not being successful?
I am very well aware of these difficulties, but British firms at the present time, alone in the world, other than some Canadian firms, are now free to tender for American contracts without any artificial discrimination in terms of tariff and surcharge. I believe that British firms could make very good use of this opportunity if they attempted to do so. I hope the hon. Gentleman is not suggesting that they should not make that attempt.