HC Deb 10 November 1954 vol 532 cc1197-8
39. Mr. W. J. Taylor

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when he expects to be in a position to make a statement with regard to the adoption of a scheme for the training of civil air pilots following representations made to him by the Air League of the British Empire; and whether he is aware of the growing anxiety of operators, and particularly the two national air corporations, that a scheme of training should be inaugurated without further delay.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I know the interest of operators in this important question. It is being gone into carefully by the Departments concerned.

Mr. Taylor

Is the Minister aware that this matter has been under consideration by his Department since March of this year? Is he further aware that the continuing delay is bound to cause increased difficulties to operators, including the nationalised corporations, and will he do something to expedite a decision on this matter?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am as anxious as my hon. Friend to get on with this, but it is a complicated matter involving several Departments of State and not susceptible to an "off the cuff" decision.

Mr. Beswick

Can the Minister say when he is likely to come to a decision about this matter?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Not today.