HC Deb 27 October 1943 vol 393 cc168-9
16. Mr. Astor

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can make a statement on the conclusions reached by the conference on civil aviation held under the chairmanship of the Lord Privy Seal?

Sir A. Sinclair

As my noble Friend the Lord Privy Seal has stated in another place, the recent Commonwealth Conference on post-war civil air transport was informal and exploratory, and its conclusions are provisional and subject to the approval of the Governments concerned. Unanimous agreement was, however, reached on every issue presented to it, including that of setting up an international air transport authority which would be intimately associated with, and responsible to, any United Nations security organisation which might be established.

Mr. Astor

In view of the fact that such an agreement has been reached, even on a provisional basis, would it be possible for it to be given to the House in a White Paper?

Sir A. Sinclair

Not at this stage, because it is quite confidential until the Governments have made up their minds whether to accept it or not.

Mr. Simmonds

Can the Minister say whether any of the Governments represented at the Conference have yet confirmed the resolutions they have passed?

Sir A. Sinclair

I could not say without notice.

Sir Alfred Beit

Will there be conversations with the United States and other United Nations in the near future?

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir.