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Volume 827: debated on Monday 6 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, in view of current developments in the construction of safe helium airships, consideration is being given to seeking to amend the Civil Aviation (Licensing) Act so that public service messages may be displayed from such aircraft on flights in the United Kingdom.

No. The Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) Regulations, 1961 already permit the use of airships for the emission or display of communications for life-saving, civil defence, military or police purposes.


asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will examine the potentialities and possible public services uses of helium airships, in view of the fact that such an airship is now under construction at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Cardington.

This is an interesting project but it would be for potential operators to judge whether commercial services are a practical possibility.