HC Deb 27 November 1946 vol 430 c1590
20. Mr. Willis

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the reason for the stoppage of the Renfrew-London air service in September and the steps that were taken by the B.E.A.C, to avoid it.

Mr. Lindgren

The reason for the temporary stoppage of the Renfrew-London air service was that, owing to the overall shortage of suitable aircraft, British European Airways Corporation were unable to replace aircraft temporarily withdrawn for periodic inspection and overhaul. As deliveries of new aircraft are made, the corporation will be increasingly in a position to meet such contingencies.

Mr. Willis

Were any steps taken to secure other aircraft?

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir, steps were taken.

Mr. McKinlay

Is it not a fact that application was made to the company at Prestwick to maintain this service, and that they refused?

Mr. Lindgren

I hope that my hon. Friend will not press me to reply. Feeling in the Scottish area has not been too happy in the past. I have done my best, in the few weeks during which I have been able to assist my noble Friend, to establish a better relationship, and I would not like to say anything to undo the good that has been done in the last few weeks.