HC Deb 22 May 1957 vol 570 cc1218-9
61. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if his attention has been called to the recent frequent calls for helicopter services in the saving of life; and if he will now consider establishing depots around the coast which would supplement the service now being carried out by our lifeboats.

Mr. Neave

I am well aware of the valuable life-saving work done by the Royal Naval and Royal Air Force helicopters stationed around our coasts. These helicopters already provide a service such as the hon. Member has in mind.

Mr. Awbery

Is the hon. Member aware that during the summer season helicopters are frequently called upon to save people who are in difficulties in punts? Will the Minister take steps to see that some stations are established where these helicopters can render a service in the summer season?

Mr. Neave

It might be a good thing if I sent the hon. Member a list of the Royal Naval and Royal Air Force stations from which helicopters can operate for the purpose he wants. Perhaps he will consider it.