Space Research

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

asked the Minister of State for Defence what representations he has had from the British Aircraft Corporation on the financing of the military requirement, in relation to a space tug and sortie module; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian

Either the Department is quibbling or it is not telling the truth. The Department knows that Mr. Handel Davies of the British Aircraft Corporation has made representations. What percentage of the £250,000 that has been earmarked for the study is likely to go to the British Aircraft Corporation?

Photo of Mr Ian Gilmour Mr Ian Gilmour , Norfolk Central

The Department is not quibbling and it is not not telling the truth. The proportion of any money devoted to studies awaits a Cabinet decision on these matters.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the unsatisfactory nature of those replies, I beg to give notice that I shall seek an early opportunity to raise the matter on the Adjournment.