HC Deb 30 March 1955 vol 539 c364
30. Mr. Watkins

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the result of his discussions with the Eire Government to amend the Anglo-Eireann Agreement, which gives a monopoly of air services to Eire, and thus allow British air services to have a service between Wales and Ireland.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The discussions are still proceeding. It may be some little time before they are concluded.

Mr. Watkins

Will the Minister try to expedite these discussions, because the Welsh people are anxious to have a good service between Wales and Ireland, and they have been waiting for a very long time for such a service?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am, of course, aware of the desire of many interests in Wales for these discussions to be brought to a conclusion, but I am faced with the situation arising from the Agreement which was concluded in 1946, and we have to negotiate on that basis.