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Airlines (Safety Standards)

Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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92.

asked the Minister of Aviation how many foreign national aviation companies are operating services in and out of the United Kingdom, specifying which are operating chartered services; and how many of these companies he has consulted regarding their general safety standards.

Forty-four foreign and Commonwealth airlines are operating regular traffic services to and from the United Kingdom. Twenty-seven of these, together with forty-one other foreign and Commonwealth operators, were granted permits during 1961 to carry out specific charter flights to and from this country. During 1961 it was found necessary in two cases to consult the national aviation authorities concerned about safety standards. It has not so far been necessary to take similar steps in any case in 1962.

93.

asked the Minister of Aviation to what extent he is satisfied with British airlines continuing the practice of allowing their chartered aircraft to be used on foreign air routes operating to and from foreign airports without touching down in the United Kingdom; whether he is satisfied with his control over their safety standards: and if he will make a statement.

United Kingdom aircraft, like United Kingdom ships, provide charter services in many parts of the world and it is desirable that they should continue to do so. The safety controls of United Kingdom legislation, including Air Operators' Certificates, apply to United Kingdom aircraft wherever they may be. They are enforced by inspectors who fly all over the world. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that his control over operators' safety standards is not affected by the fact of their operating abroad.