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International Air Radio, Ltd (Board)

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 6 August 1947

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation who are the members of the Board of International Air Radio, Limited; to whom it is answerable; and to what extent does he take steps to ensure that it is organised in such a way as to ensure its most rapid development and successful operation.

The members of the Board of International Aeradio, Ltd. are as follow:

  • Sir Victor Tait, K.B.E., C.B —Chairman,
  • Major J. R. McCrindle, O.B.E., M.C.,
  • Mr. Whitney Straight, C.B.E. M.C., D.F.C.,
nominated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation;
  • Group-Captain Patrick Saward, O.B.E.,
  • Commander Vladimir Wolfson,
  • Group-Captain Patrick de Laszlo,
nominated by the British European Airways Corporation;
  • Captain Gordon Store,
  • nominated by the British South American Airways Corporation, and
  • Air-Commodore C. S. Cadell,
appointed by other members of the Board.

The members of the Board are answerable to the shareholders. The three British Airways Corporations hold 75 per cent. of the shares. The formation structure and objects of the Company were approved by my noble Friend, but its development and operation are primarily matters for the Board.

Is my hon. Friend satisfied with the progress which has been made by this Board since it was set up, since the reports coming to me indicate that the progress to date is far from satisfactory?

No, Sir. In the first instance, the Secretary to the Board was a serving officer of the Royal Air Force. We had some difficulty in securing his release. Since his release, and the general establishment of the organisation, satisfactory progress has been made, but as this Corporation has to undertake negotiations with Dominion and foreign Governments, then, of course, matters are protracted.