asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement about the proposed legislation concerning flight time limitations.
The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority has told me that the authority has had full and detailed consultation with all interested parties about the recommendations made by the Committee on Flight Time Limitations. The authority has recommended and I have accepted a number of changes to the relevant provisions of the Air Navigation Order 1974. Appropriate amendments which are included in the Air Navigation (Second Amendment) Order 1975, which is being laid today, will detail the operator's responsibilities and require him to establish a scheme approved by the authority for the regulation of flight times and to maintain an up-to-date record of flight times. Crew members will be prohibited from flying if they have reason to believe they are likely to suffer from such fatigue as may endanger the aircraft and will be required to ensure that the operator is aware of their flight times during the 28 days preceding the flight. A flight crew member will not only be prohibited from flying if, during the period of the 28 days expiring on the day of the flight, his flight times exceed 100 hours, but also if, during the period of the preceding 12 months, his flight times exceed 900 hours.