HC Deb 03 April 1957 vol 568 cc372-3
7. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what further extensions are contemplated in the use of the Decca Navigator systems; and in what areas.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. Airey Neave)

I am informed that a chain of Decca Navigator stations in Sweden and four chains in Canada are due to come into operation this year and that terms have been agreed for the provision of equipment for two chains in India, at Bombay and Calcutta. I understand that the Governments of a number of other countries are considering adopting the system.

Mr. Hughes

Is it not a fact that agreement was reached yesterday with India for the extension of this very useful device? Having regard to its great usefulness, especially to shipping, will the Minister do everything possible at least to facilitate extension throughout the British Commonwealth?

Mr. Neave

Yes, Sir. As my predecessor stated in reply to the hon. and learned Member on 18th July last, the Government will continue to encourage the use of these very valuable devices.