asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production if it is proposed to issue a statement showing the rate of progress of the manufacture of civil types of aircraft.
As stated by my right hon. Friend on 15th October in reply to a Question by the hon. and gallant Member for Derby (Group-Captain Wilcock) the manufacture of 190 aircraft of civil types is proceeding as a result of orders placed by the Ministry of Aircraft Production. In addition, many aircraft firms have programmes for the production, without Government orders, of civil aircraft for the home and export markets. It is estimated that the total monthly output of civil aircraft will be of the order of 45 a month by the end of this year, and will increase to about 70 a month by June 1945. These figures are conservatively estimated, but must necessarily be very approximate owing to uncertainty as to the extent of non-Government orders which the industry will receive.