asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement about the dispute with the Spanish Government on air traffic movements, pursuant to the attempt by the Civil Aviation Authority to transfer Iberian air traffic to Gatwick from Heathrow; and what powers, if any, he possesses to enforce such a ruling.
I refer to the Written Answer given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. McCrindle) on 10th November. The situation remains unaltered. My Department's powers in this regard arise from section 8 of the Civil Aviation Act 1949 but it has not yet exercised them in this case.