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Missiles

Volume 656: debated on Monday 19 March 1962

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70.

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the approximate total cost to Her Majesty's Government for research, development and production, respectively, to any convenient recent date, of the following missiles, namely, Blue Steel, Bloodhound, Blue Streak, Firestreak, Red Top, Blue Water, Thunderbird, Malkara, Seacat, Vigilant and Seaslug.

No. It would not be in the public interest to give such detailed information about our weapon programmes.

71.

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names of all missiles ordered from foreign countries during the last ten years, and the country of origin and the approximate monetary value of the order for each missile.

During the past ten years the Ministry of Aviation and its predecessor the Ministry of Supply has purchased or is in the process of purchasing the following missiles: SS11 and AS30 from France; Sidewinder, Bullpup and Skybolt from the United States of America. It is not in the public interest to disclose the monetary value of these orders.