HC Deb 05 March 1952 vol 497 cc401-2
11. Mr. J. Grimond

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation what aircraft are being developed for service between the Islands of Scotland.

Mr. Maclay

No aircraft is being developed specifically for service between the Islands of Scotland.

Mr. Grimond

Why is this not being done? Will the Minister consider developing an aircraft to succeed the Rapide? Also, will he press on with the question of helicopters which are most necessary for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and would not be entirely useless in the Firth of Clyde?

Mr. Maclay

I do not think that it would be possible to develop a plane specifically for the Islands of Scotland. Clearly, planes should be developed which are suitable there and elsewhere. I am aware of the importance of helicopters to Scotland as well as other places.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

Will the Minister bear in mind that the Rapides are rapidly wearing out without replacements or spare parts being available, and is he aware that the strong recommendation of the Scottish Advisory Council is that a number of Heron aircraft should be made available as soon as is humanly possible, otherwise there will be a complete failure in the Islands service?

Mr. Maclay

Several types of aircraft are now being developed and one or more may prove to be suitable for these services.

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