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Air-to-Air Missile

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 3rd March 1992.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Dykes Mr Hugh Dykes , Harrow East 3:31 pm, 3rd March 1992

Of course, the equipment is essential and vital for the future defence of the realm and we are proud that missile equipment of that sort is British. But is my right hon. Friend aware that I believe that he has picked the wrong contractor, which will be a bitter blow for GEC Marconi, the headquarters of which is in my constituency? Will he explain the details again to consider the applications and the possibility of an independent investigation? What promise does he hold out to GEC Marconi for further contracts to preserve employment, when jobs are already threatened both at Stanmore and elsewhere? What can he say about the superior technology of the GEC Marconi application, which was a genuinely all-British bid?