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V.T.O.L. Aircraft

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr Tim Fortescue Mr Tim Fortescue , Liverpool, Garston 12:00 am, 18th March 1968

asked the Minister of Technology what action he has taken to further the development of a vertical take-off and landing, or a short take-off and landing, airliner for use in the 1970s.

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

The development of such an aircraft will depend upon the outcome of the study which is at present being made by the Department in consultation with other Departments concerned, the aircraft industry and airlines.

Photo of Mr Tim Fortescue Mr Tim Fortescue , Liverpool, Garston

In view of this country's still long lead in this technique, thanks to the forethought of past Tory Administration, would not the Minister agree that an important part of our technological research should be applied to such projects?

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

It is being applied, but we have to take into account a number of factors, particularly the cost effectiveness of any such project and the exportability of the products that result from it.

Photo of Mr Stanley McMaster Mr Stanley McMaster , Belfast East

Does this study cover the multi-jet as well as the deflected jet type of vertical take-off aircraft?

Mr. Storehouse:

It does.