HC Deb 23 November 1959 vol 614 cc19-20
30. Mr. Brockway

asked the Minister of Aviation how far, under his regulations, the private airlines are required to maintain the air fares which are required of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aviation (Mr. Geoffrey Rippon)

The fares charged on international scheduled services must comply with those prescribed by the International Air Transport Association, by which the Corporations are also bound. On domestic scheduled services, where these compete with those of British European Airways the private airlines are required to charge not less than the B.E.A. fare.

Mr. Brockway

Is it not the case that there is now considerable confusion as a result of recent discussions at international level, and is not this confusion working out to the disadvantage of the nation's own air services compared with private air services?

Mr. Rippon

I do not think there is any confusion among those who have studied the position.