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Volume 497: debated on Monday 10 March 1952

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asked the Minister of Supply what progress has been made in the experiments with the twin-engined helicopter, the Bristol type 173; and what encouragement is being given by his Department to expedite the time when it will be a practical proposition in our transport system.

The first prototype flew for the first time on 3rd January last. The Ministry of Supply is giving all possible assistance to the company.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that people who are close to these trials are of the opinion that the 13-seater will be a practical proposition in 1954?