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Hs146 Aircraft

Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will review the HS146 project with a view to recommencing full-scale work at the earliest possible time.

My right hon. Friend made a statement on the HS146 in the House on 9th December. Subsequently he set up a Tripartite Working Group, including the trades unions, Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd. and departmental officials to prepare advice on the future of the project. They have now prepared a report which will be carefully considered. The Government policy as stated on 9th December keeps options open for the future, and a small programme of work has been authorised at HSA to ensure that full-scale work could restart smoothly at a future date if that is decided.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will consult with employees and union representatives from Hawker Siddeley concerning the HS146.

In reply to an earlier Question today about the HS146 I explained that recommendations were being prepared by a Tripartite Working Group including the trades unions. The trades union delegation, selected by the CSEU, included employees and union representatives from the factories of Hawker Siddeley Aviation Limited concerned with the project.