HC Deb 27 April 1955 vol 540 c939
72. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many times the Air Safety Board has met this year; what matters it has considered; and on what occasions it has considered the problems of crew fatigue, crew workload, and crew complement of aircraft, in so far as all these matters relate to air safety.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The Air Safety Board is my adviser on safety matters, and it would be neither desirable nor in accordance with precedent for me to state details of its proceedings.

Mr. Beswick

Is not it a fact that there is good ground for looking into the composition of the Air Safety Board—both the personnel of the Board and the matters that come within its survey? Could not the Minister consider referring to it the problem of crew fatigue and the other matters mentioned in the Question?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

That is another question. I am always in touch with the Air Safety Board on these and other matters.

Air Commodore Harvey

Can we at least be told that the Air Safety Board is still alive?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Yes, Sir.