HC Deb 22 October 1952 vol 505 cc991-2
28. Mr. Mott-Radclyffe

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation whether he will re-examine the standards of proficiency in navigation, now accepted by the British Overseas Airways Corporation and the British European Airways Corporation, in respect of captains and navigating officers of their aircraft.

Mr. Maudling

No, Sir; I am satisfied that the Corporations maintain high standards in these matters.

Mr. Mott-Radclyffe

In view of the somewhat disquieting facts revealed in the report on the accident to the Hermes aircraft in Africa, does not my hon. Friend think that the navigational qualifications ought to be tightened up in some direction?

Mr. Maudling

My right hon. Friend is considering what has been revealed by the report made by the French authorities on that accident, but, in the meantime, he considers that the standards of safety maintained by both our Corporations are extremely high.