HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 c1163
11. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, whether the move of the maintenance base from Dorval to Filton has now been completed; whether any British Overseas Airways Corporation aircraft are now maintained at Dorval and what saving per annum in maintenance costs will be achieved by the complete change over.

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir; no British Overseas Airways Corporation aircraft are now maintained at Dorval. With regard to the last part of the Question, I am informed that in the first year maintenance costs will, in fact, be somewhat higher as a result of the move to Filton.

Colonel Hutchison

Can the hon. Gentleman give a little more information than that? Surely, the hope was that by moving to Filton maintenance costs would be reduced?

Mr. Lindgren

No, Sir. The move from Dorval to Filton was to save dollar expenditure and not maintenance costs. The same maintenance costs will still be there, and, in addition, the cost of the move will have to be spread over a period of three years. That cost is about £500,000.

Mr. William Shepherd

Can the hon. Gentleman say how many staff he has at Dorval and when the next move to the proper place at Heathrow is to take place?

Mr. Lindgren

Not without notice.

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