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Aircraft Safety

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received advocating an increase to 33 inches in the minimum seat pitch of seats in aircraft using British airports.

I have received a number of letters from members of the public on this and similar subjects. I refer all representations on safety issues affecting United Kingdom registered aircraft to the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, which is solely responsible for aviation safety matters. Aircraft registered in another state are the responsibility of that state.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to safety procedures and regulations he proposes in the light of the recent Manchester airport disaster; and if he will make a statement.

The Civil Aviation Authority, which is solely responsible for aviation safety matters, will decide if any regulatory changes are required in the light of the Manchester accident as the evidence becomes available.