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Charter Aircraft (Fuel Allowance)

Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the allowance of civil aviation fuel for a charter aeroplane; by how much this has been reduced recently in order to limit fuel imports; and what action he is taking to stop charter flights to race meetings and other such unnecessary journeys, so as to remove a grievance of those denied recreational facilities by the withdrawal of the basic petrol ration.

Prior to 1st October, the allowances of civil aviation fuel granted to companies operating charter or taxi flights provided for a maximum of 75 flying hours a month for each aircraft. As from that date the allowances have been cut by 10 per cent. I doubt if it would be practicable to place further restrictions on the use of charter aircraft.