HC Deb 10 May 1950 vol 475 cc370-1
41. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what arrangements exist between Britain and the United States for the recognition of certificates of airworthiness of aircraft.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Mr. Beswick)

By an exchange of Notes in September, 1934, the airworthiness authorities of the two countries agreed to recognise each others certificates of airworthiness for import purposes, subject to the right of the importing country to prescribe additional requirements where they deemed this necessary. Mutual recognition of r certificates for purposes of international flight is accorded under the terms of the Chicago Convention, to which both are parties.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the United States' authorities are making it extremely difficult for British manufacturers to sell t their equipment because of their failure t to give recognition to British certificates of airworthiness? Is he further aware that when American aircraft are taken to pieces in this country many things are found wrong with them?

Mr. Beswick

I am aware that I have answered the Question on the Order Paper. If there is a particular point which the hon. and gallant Gentleman would like to put to me about the way this Convention is being recognised I would be glad to have it.