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Aviation (Flying Accidents)

Volume 320: debated on Monday 22 February 1937

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that many recent disasters to civilian aeroplanes have arisen as a result of the uncertain weather conditions in the British Isles; whether, before attempting to develop regular passenger and transport services, the Air Ministry will see to it that some form of safe directional control combined with fog landing has been installed and additional control from the ground to prevent collisions; and whether, in view of the large amount of public money which is being spent by municipal authorities in providing aerodromes, at the instigation of the Air Ministry, immediate action will be taken with a view to clarifying the whole situation?

I have been asked to reply. As my hon. and gallant Friend is no doubt aware, the report of the May-bury Committee is at present under close consideration by my Noble Friend. The Committee has recommended, inter alia, that all radio facilities and a comprehensive air traffic control organisation adequate to ensure the safety and regularity of air communication at all times in the United Kingdom should be provided, maintained and operated by the Government. In the event of the recommendations of the Committee being accepted in principle by His Majesty's Government, the institution of an organisation of traffic control to ensure safety and regularity will no doubt be given early and careful attention.