HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc1110-1
44. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will arrange for a helicopter to be available in cases of emergency for serious medical cases in the Highlands, especially in islands on which the present air ambulance cannot land.

Mr. J. Stuart

While I am advised that there are risks in using single-engined helicopters on over-water crossings, I am considering with my right hon. Friend the First Lord of the Admiralty the extent to which use can be made of naval helicopters in extreme medical emergencies.

Mr. Grimond

Is the Secretary of State aware that that answer will bring considerable satisfaction and hope to the North, and may we hope that suitable arrangements will be made for using helicopters in these cases?

Mr. Stuart

I shall certainly do my best.

Sir T. Moore

Would it not be more appropriate to use the Prestwick Pioneer, which is equally suitable for this purpose and at a fifth of the cost?

Mr. Stuart

I have no desire to ignore the Prestwick Pioneer, but I think it is rather early to assess its value.

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