HC Deb 02 February 1949 vol 460 cc1648-9
5. General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the numerous complaints of British South American Airways services, as regards delays en route to remedy technical troubles rendering flying unsafe; and whether early steps will be taken to effect improvement in these respects.

Mr. Lindgren

No such complaints have been reported to my noble Friend, either from the Air Transport Advisory Council or otherwise, but I understand that some complaints of this nature have been made to the Corporation and, in all cases, have been carefully investigated.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that delays of up to as much as 48 hours have recently been caused by these technical defects; and will he look into it to see that the bad name which is being given to these services is removed as soon as possible?

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir. There have been delays, which are known to us, but they are not delays arising from faults in operation or maintenance. They have arisen from the equipment. For example, recently there was considerable difficulty from magnetos. There is full co-operation between the operators, the engine manufacturers and the sub-contractors to deal with the problems arising in the engines.

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