§ 30. Mr. Woodburn
asked the Minister of Supply whether it is still his policy to maintain Short and Harland's, Belfast, as a fully balanced aircraft production unit; and if he will give an assurance that there is no intention to reduce it to a dependency or agency factory by the break up of its design team.
§ Mr. Aubrey Jones
It is the Government's wish that Short and Harland's shall continue as a fully balanced aircraft production unit and everything practicable is being done both by the firm and the Government to this end. Success, however, must depend primarily on the quality and cost of the company's work relative to that of other companies; and the Government cannot be expected to place contracts even with their own firm regardless of this consideration.