HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 c1040
6. Mr. Willis

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he is aware that the present timing of the air service from Edinburgh to London is unsuitable for the needs of Edinburgh; and whether he will make arrangements for additional services to be inaugurated to serve these requirements.

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir. Owing to the shortage of suitable aircraft, the British European Airways Corporation is able to operate only one service daily on the route Northolt—Edinburgh—Aberdeen—Shetlands. The Corporation is, however, hoping that circumstances will permit a reciprocal service to be brought into operation during the early autumn.

Mr. Willis

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that we are holding a very important international musical festival and also an "Enterprise Scotland" exhibition within the next three months? Will he not consider providing extra facilities before that time?

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir, the Edinburgh Music and Drama Festival is a very commendable effort, and my noble Friend has promised the Lord Provost that everything possible, continentally and internally, will be done.

Mr. Boothby

Can the Parliamentary Secretary explain why, two years after the war, he cannot supply an efficient service from the capital of England to the capital of Scotland?

Mr. Lindgren

Mainly because of the lack of aircraft.

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