HC Deb 18 November 1957 vol 578 cc26-7
44. Mr. Snow

asked the Minister of Supply what type of aeroplane had been chartered, and what was its normal seating capacity, for the conveyance of his Departmental party from Belfast to London on 23rd October; and what was the number in the party.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

No aircraft was chartered for my right hon. Friend, myself or representatives of the Ministry of Supply, for the journey from Belfast to London on 23rd October. The additional service was provided by British European Airways as a normal commercial flight in the light of their knowledge of the amount of traffic there would be that evening.

The aircraft involved was a Viscount 800 with a seating capacity of 57. Some 14 representatives of the Press as well as the Ministry of Supply party numbering eight were intending to fly back in the aircraft, which was also available to other members of the public.