asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement about his meeting with the French Minister of Transport on 25th March about the Concorde project.
M. Cavaillé and I reviewed the progress made with the Concorde project over the past 12 months. We noted that there is every prospect that Concorde will obtain its certificate of airworthiness this year. We agreed that British Airways and Air France would inaugurate their commercial services on the same date. We also reviewed the sales position and the progress of procedures of the United States authorities which will precede the operation of Concorde services between Europe and the United States. We agreed that we would meet in future at least every six months and more frequently if circumstances such as new orders warranted it.