HC Deb 28 January 1953 vol 510 c990
18. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation how many Scottish companies have applied for licences for temporary air routes in Great Britain.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

One, Sir.

Mr. Rankin

Is the Minister aware that his answer condemns the attitude of himself and the Government in refusing to give the assurance for B.E.A. which I asked for as there is no company in Scotland prepared to do the things which the Opposition expect them to do?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I was only answering on what has happened up to the present. Naturally this is a matter which must be settled and cannot be left open indefinitely.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Why are hon. Members opposite so nervous about B.E.A. meeting with competition?