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BAE 146 Aircraft

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether beryllium is used (a) in the manufacture and (b) as parts in the Honeywell ALF-(i) 502 and (ii) 507 engine used on the British Aerospace BAE 146 aircraft. (75743)

Both these engines are manufactured in the United States and are US type-certificated products. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the engine manufacturer, Honeywell, have confirmed to the Civil Aviation Authority that there was no beryllium used within the parts that are of original Honeywell design. The FAA and Honeywell also advised that the only of beryllium likely to be in the type certified engine would be trace quantities possibly in aluminium castings or in some components designed and manufactured by sub-contractors.