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Aircraft (Construction And Conversion)

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of cancellation of the Argosy navigational trainer aircraft project;(2) what estimate he has made of the effect on unit cost of the conversion of Victor bomber aircraft to tanker aircraft which will arise from the proposed reduction of the fleet by seven aircraft;(3) what estimate he has made of the increase in unit cost of the conversion of Nimrod Mark 1 aircraft to the Mark 2 avionics standard which would arise from the proposed cut-back in this programme.

We are still consulting the contractor concerned, and we are not yet ready to give figures.