HC Deb 19 July 1950 vol 477 c2245
Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he is aware that the United Kingdom delegate at the recent International Civil Aviation Organisation conference in Montreal advocated the internationalisation of air transport; and what consultations were held with the Dominion Governments before taking this action.

Mr. Beswick

The policy of international ownership and operation advocated by the United Kingdom delegate at Montreal has been consistently supported by the United Kingdom since the first meeting of the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organisation in 1946. This policy has been discussed with members of the Commonwealth, who are well aware of our views.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, if I may borrow his expression, some of the Dominions have "seen the light" since these consultations took place and have changed their Governments? Did he discuss this with both Australia and New Zealand before going to I.C.A.O. and recommending this action?

Mr. Beswick

The question which arises is whether they have seen the right light.

Mr. Joynson-Hicks

Are the Dominion Governments still in accord with the British Government's point of view in the matter?

Mr. Beswick

No, Sir. We now have different views, which have been expressed at the international conference.