Chipmunk and Gnat (Replacements)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th October 1970.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson , Bradford West 12:00 am, 29th October 1970

asked the Minister of State for Defence what types of aeroplane will be ordered to replace the Chipmunk and the Gnat in the primary- and advanced-flying training rôles, respectively.

Photo of Viscount  Lambton Viscount Lambton , Berwick-upon-Tweed

We have no plans to order a replacement aircraft for the primary training rôle. As regards advanced flying training, I would refer my hon. Friend to the section on the Jaguar in the Supplementary Statement on Defence Policy 1970.

Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson , Bradford West

Will my hon. Friend consider the possibility of introducing a simplified variant of the Jaguar trainer version on the lines of the French "E" version, which could be both cheap and effective?

Photo of Viscount  Lambton Viscount Lambton , Berwick-upon-Tweed

We are trying to leave every option open at the moment.