§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Aviatior whether the purchaser from Her Majesty's Government of the three Princess flying boats, which were to have been used in an American programme for the development of nuclear propulsion in aircraft, has yet taken delivery of the boats; in view of the fact that these boats caused a loss to the Exchequer of over £9 million, what price was paid by the buyer; and when it was paid.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
The purchaser took delivery and paid the agreed price in December, 1963. The flying boats were sold after open tender to the highest bidder. The price is a matter of commercial confidence which I am not prepared to disclose.