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Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry, what is the percentage of British interest in the A300 Airbus; and what representations he is making to the US Government at the restrictions now being imposed at La Guardia Airport, New York, the effect of which will be to ban the Airbus, thus discouraging Eastern Airlines from purchasing the aircraft.

The United Kingdom is not a partner in the Airbus Industrie consortium, but Hawker Siddeley Aviation—now a British Aerospace company—manufactures the fixed parts of the wings as a sub-contractor. It would be primarily for the French and German Governments, whose companies are the major partners of the consortium, to consider making representations to the United States Government. Any request to support those Governments would, of course, be considered.