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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with GEC Avionics about the Nimrod airborne early warning programme and the proposed Lockheed Hercules airborne early warning project.
Mr. Norman Lamont
The Lockheed Hercules project is a purely private venture by GEC Avionics. However, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Bosworth (Mr. Butler) stated on 17 June at column 38, the company has kept my officials informed of its plans. The company has confirmed that work on this project will have no adverse effect on the Nimrod AEW programme.