HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 cc1885-6
40. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when the United Kingdom will ratify the Convention on the International Recognition of Rights in Aircraft.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

A Committee appointed by my predecessor, with the Hon. Mr. Justice McNair as chairman, is looking into the problems involved. Until I have its report, I cannot say anything about ratification.

Lady Tweedsmuir

Can the Minister give an idea when he expects the Report and, as legislation will have to be introduced, what hope there is of having the legislation this Session?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am afraid I do not know when I shall receive this Report. I am bound to say, in defence of the Committee, that extremely difficult problems of law appear to arise. Until I have the Report, I am afraid I cannot answer the latter part of my noble Friend's Question.