HC Deb 26 July 1950 vol 478 cc433-4
16. Lieut.-Colonel Boles

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the cost of running the Ministry of Civil Aviation's flight at Stansted; and how much of this cost was recovered in the fees charged to candidates for the instrument rating in any convenient recent period.

Mr. Beswick

Seventy-eight thousand four hundred and fourteen pounds and £750 respectively during the six months period ending 30th September, 1949.

Lieut.-Colonel Boles

Does the hon. Gentleman think that proper and adequate use is made of R.A.F. pilots in this respect?

Mr. Beswick

This unit is used for many other purposes than testing for instrument rating.

38. Mr. Lucas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how the syllabus was drawn up for the examination which a candidate for an instrument rating was expected to take.

Mr. Beswick

This syllabus was drawn up on the basis of the standard set out in annex I to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and after consultation with representatives of civil aviation interests.

Mr. Lucas

Will the Parliamentary Secretary review the theoretical side of this syllabus again, particularly in regard to meteorology, because it seems as if there is far too much theory and not enough practice?

Mr. Beswick

It has been reviewed. It was reviewed before its introduction by all the representative organisations connected with civil aviation, and we have not had any suggestion which bears out what the hon. Gentleman has just stated.

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