HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 cc1339-40
78. Flight-Lieutenant Beswick

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what radio navigational aids and night landing equipment it is proposed to instal at the aerodromes of Kano, Maiduguri, El Geneina, and El Fasha, to replace that previously installed by the U.S. authorities, and now, since the end of Lend-Lease, non-available for our civil aircraft.

Mr. Ivor Thomas

Royal Air Force radio communication and direction finding services together with temporary night lighting equipment exist and are being maintained for the time being at the four aerodromes in question. These facilities are sufficient for the air traffic now using the trans-Africa route. The provision of additional facilities will depend upon decisions to be reached regarding the future of this route.

Flight-Lieutenant Beswick

Is not my hon. Friend aware that although there are some of the facilities mentioned, they are not adequate? Hitherto, they have used the American system, which is now dismantled.

Mr. Thomas

If my hon. and gallant Friend would like to go into the technical details with me, I shall be glad to do so afterwards, but I am satisfied that the provision is adequate.

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