§ 8. Mr. P. O'Neill
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what rules military and other aircraft have to observe when flying in the vicinity of civil aircraft corridors in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Watkinson
When aircraft are flying under visual flight rules there are no special restrictions applying to their flight in the vicinity of airways. Under instrument flight rules, however, all civil aircraft must obtain permission from air traffic control before crossing an airway. Military aircraft, other than fighters, normally do the same, but if they cannot they must cross at pre-determined heights different from those being used by aircraft flying on the airway. Fighter aircraft usually cross airways under radar control, but exceptionally may use the procedures applicable to other military aircraft.
§ Mr. O'Neill
Would my right hon. Friend not agree that with the increasing speeds of modern aircraft it is vitally important that these rules should be rigidly observed? Is he satisfied that they are so observed? Can he tell me who is responsible for reporting breaches of these rules and whether such breaches as occur are diligently reported?
§ Mr. Watkinson
I quite agree it is very important with the much increased congestion, particularly near large aerodromes, that everybody should very strictly observe the rules. I do not think I ought to comment in detail on the case which perhaps my hon. Friend has in mind, or on what arises from it, until we have the report of the inquiry.
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
Is it not equally a question of whether the rules are sufficient 195 to meet the problems of the present day? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider looking into those rules to see whether they should be revised in view of the incident referred to?
§ Mr. McKibbin
Is the Minister aware that the latest American and Swiss aircraft are fitted with forward radar which permits them to detour bad weather zones? Could that system not be adopted to avoid the possibility of collisions in the air by civil aircraft?
§ Mr. Rankin
Is it not the case that the military and civil machines, especially near London Airport, usually fly under separate control? Is it possible for those controls to be synchronised so as to prevent the possibility of what almost happened a week ago?
|NON-ATTRIBUTABLE PENSIONS OF SERVICE WIDOWS|
|Husband's rank (a)||1939 Basic Rate||January, 1952||December, 1952||1956|
|Basic Rate plus pensions increase (b)||Col. (3) expressed as percentage of Col. (2)||New Basic Rates||Col. (5) expressed as percentage of Col. (2)||New Basic Rates Col. (5) plus 5 per cent.||Col. (7) expressed as percentage of Col. (2)|
|£||£||per cent.||£||per cent.||£||per cent.|
|Cost of Living/Retail Prices Index||100||175||182||202 (January)|
|(a) Army ranks are given for convenience.|
|(b) The rates of pension issuable (subject to income qualification) under the Pensions Increase measures introduced in 1944 and 1947 to widows having dependants (of specified relationships) other than children eligible for pension from Service funds. See also note (c).|
|(c) A widow was eligible for Pensions Increase at January, 1952, only if her income did not exceed a specified limit and she satisfied one of the following conditions:|
|(i) she had attained the age of 40 years, or|
|(ii) she had a dependant of a specified relationship, or|
|(iii) she was incapacitated.|