§ Mr. Hoon
[holding answer 23 January 2001]During my recent visit to India, which was both productive and valuable, I was pleased to be able personally to assure the Indian Government of HMG's support for greater co-operation between UK and Indian defence companies. This includes BAE Systems' proposal to supply the Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft to the Indian Government in conjunction with Indian Industry, on which the Indian Government have indicated that they intend to take a final decision shortly.
§ Mr. Jack
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the influence of issues relating to the supply of American components to the Indian Government on Indian policy concerning purchase of Hawk aircraft; 
(2) what assessment he has made of the influence of issues relating to the supply of US originated components for the Sea King helicopter on Indian policy with reference to a purchase of BAE Hawk aircraft.