HC Deb 16 November 1959 vol 613 cc789-90
29. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Minister of Aviation to what extent, in the negotiations between the Outer Seven nations of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, co-ordination, integration or preferential treatment in air transport services has been agreed.

Mr. Sandys

The Convention of the Outer Seven does not embrace the question of civil aviation.

Mr. Bellenger

Does that Answer mean that transport facilities of any kind are excluded from the negotiations among the Outer Seven? Is he aware that among the Inner Six negotiations are going on for integration between them? Will not those negotiations, if they are successful, endanger the air services of the Outer Seven?

Mr. Sandys

I think I was quite clear that these negotiations have not included the question of civil aviation. They have been quite complicated enough without adding any further subjects at the last moment. But, as I think the right hon. Gentleman knows, B.E.A. already has very extensive pooling arrangements with all the main airlines of all the countries of the Outer Seven group.