HC Deb 04 August 1965 vol 717 cc1680-1
21. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Aviation what were the average actual flying hours per week for the last available year flown by British airline pilots on scheduled flights.

Mr. Stonehouse

My Department does not have information on the average flying hours a week for British scheduled services, but a sample from the larger airlines suggests that the answer is between 10 and 14 hours.

Mr. Shepherd

Is the Minister aware that the American average—and America has a better safety record than we have—is about 50 per cent. more per week? Is he satisfied that the trade union element among British pilots is not so strong that in fact we are working our pilots fewer hours than we ought to fly them?

Mr. Stonehouse

I do not think that it is fair to make that sort of comparison.

Hon. Members

Why not?