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Air Services (Far East)

Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Prime Minister if she will be discussing the current dispute between the Malaysian airline system and British Airways when she makes her official visit to Malaysia on 5 April.

I expect to do so. There have been constructive discussions between the two airlines about the scope for increased services, but it must be on the basis of equal opportunity; it will be necessary to resolve the problems created by the discriminatory tax measures introduced by the Malaysian Government.

asked the Prime Minister whether the subject of air services between Manchester and Colombo by Air Sri Lanka will be on the agenda for discussion during her forthcoming visit to the far east.

The Sri Lankan authorities have not indicated that they wish to discuss civil aviation during my visit. Arrangements for air services are usually in the first instance discussed bilaterally between the aeronautical authorities.