asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the last bids were received from Shorts Bros. and British Aerospace, respectively, for the Royal Air Force replacement aircraft.
The last bids for the Royal Air Force replacement trainer were received from Shorts on 14 March 1985 and from British Aerospace on 19 March 1985.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if a report will be made to the two companies concerned about the process of bidding for the Royal Air Force replacement training aircraft according to the original understanding with them.
The Ministry is prepared to provide a debriefing, on request, to any of the tenderers for the replacement basic trainer for the Royal Air Force. I myself have had a meeting with the chairman and managing director of British Aerospace.