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Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if the Concorde aircraft offered to Japan Air Lines and Iran Air, respectively, are identical in specification and cost to those ordered by British Airways and Air France; and if he will make a statement.

Negotiations with Iranair concern aircraft to the same basic standard as those ordered by British Airways and Air France. The detailed specification is a matter for negotiation in the light of any particular customer requirements. Negotiations on price must also take account of modifications requested by the customer as well as changes in the general level of prices. The manufacturers are having discussions with Japan Air Lines following the extension of that airline's options, but there are at present no detailed negotiations on price or specification.