§ 44. Mr. Robert Gibson
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what provision, if any, is made for the periodic examination of aeroplanes belonging to private companies, firms, or individuals by officials of his Department, to ensure that such aeroplanes are in all respects reasonably safe for flying; how many officers or officials of his Department are engaged in this service, and of these how many are located in Scotland; and whether 1095 he has any statement to make with regard to such periodic examinations?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead
As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the provisions of Schedule II of the Air Navigation Order and of Sections II to V inclusive of the Air Navigation Directions, 1936. In accordance with an Order made by the Secretary of State for Air on 28th March, 1937, acting under the provisions of Section 2 of the Air Navigation Act, 1936, the administrative functions in connection with the examination of civil aircraft are now to a large extent carried out by the Air Registration Board. I am informed that the board has so far appointed 20 surveyors and inspectors, one of whom is located in Glasgow and is personally responsible for duties arising in the Scottish area. The present arrangements are considered to be adequate to meet requirements.