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Mr Kenneth Warren: As last week we found that we were having to subsidise the American aircraft industry through Rolls-Royce, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether this week he will consider this decision in relation not only to the British airframe industry but to the 50,000 people in the British aircraft equipment industry who will be affected by it?
Mr Kenneth Warren: asked the Minister of State for Defence what was the total value of United States manufactured defence equipment imported by Her Majesty's Government in the five financial years from 1965–66 to 1969–70.
Mr Kenneth Warren: Does my hon. Friend agree that those startlingly large sums show the way in which the previous Government built up their dependence on America for our defence capability? This is a strategic situation which I hope my hon. Friend will seek to remedy.
Mr Kenneth Warren: The Motion is rather too glib, despite some of the very commendable phrases with which the right hon. Member for Bristol, South-East (Mr. Benn) introduced it. It seeks to conceal—but fails to conceal—the bad relationship which developed between British technology and the previous Government. It gives my hon. Friends and me an opportunity to explore this a little further than I would have...
Mr Kenneth Warren: The Air Holdings company is registered in this country. The commitment was, first, to buy 20 aircraft and to have an option on 30 more.
Mr Kenneth Warren: It is the import into this country, and therefore the implied sale here.
Mr Kenneth Warren: I fully accept the right hon. Gentleman's intervention. I am sure that he was intimately concerned with the situation at the time, but it appears that if these aircraft were not sold there would be a liability. I want to deal with the contract. It was said that it would provide 10,000 jobs and £3,000 million in sales over 15 years. Those are not the words of anybody on this side of the...
Mr Kenneth Warren: asked the Minister of Aviation Supply how aircraft equipment will be selected for the multi-rôle combat aircraft.
Mr Kenneth Warren: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the terms of the programme permit American equipment companies to bid into the programme on equal terms with British companies, whereas British companies have no such privilege in the United States? I hope that under this programme he will see his way to negotiating an offset agreement with the United States.
Mr Kenneth Warren: asked the Minister of Aviation Supply if he will make a statement about the future of the Royal Aircraft Establishment.
Mr Kenneth Warren: I welcome the statement by my right hon. Friend, and I hope that the current Royal Aircraft Establishment research programme will be scrutinised to see whether it contains any work which should be transferred to industry as the user.
Mr Kenneth Warren: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, if he will make a further statement on the progress of negotiations for the Channel Tunnel.
Mr Kenneth Warren: Is my right hon. Friend aware that whereas I have every hope that this venture will go ahead, I hope that during the very protracted negotiations the Minister and his colleagues will in no way interfere with the current communication links with the anticipated terminal area in this country? I have in mind particularly the south coast rail link via Hastings to Aldershot.
Mr Kenneth Warren: In establishing the rent which a tenant should pay, will my right hon. Friend consider the need to take account of the total income coming into each household?
Mr Kenneth Warren: asked the Minister of Aviation Supply if he will ensure that no British technical information supplied under the multi-rôle combat aircraft programme is passed on without permission to other German aircraft design teams.
Mr Kenneth Warren: Can the Minister confirm that no member of the Panavia design team in Munich is engaged in part-time work on the German NKF aircraft, which is very much a potential competitor to the MRCA?
Mr Kenneth Warren: Would my hon. Friend consider the fact that the aircraft design leadership is being held by the Germans, who have no experience in this field, while the British have much superior experience? Secondly, would he consider the position where the Americans are being allowed to bid on the equipment for this aircraft on an equal basis with the British, Germans and French?
Mr Kenneth Warren: I rise with great humility to make my maiden speech as Member for Hastings. At the same time I wish to offer my congratulations to the hon. Member for East Stirlingshire (Mr. Douglas) on the fluency and ease with which he made his maiden speech. I hope that we shall hear him on many future occasions in this House. He spoke with knowledge of industry since he was an engineering apprentice, as...