HC Deb 04 August 1965 vol 717 cc1686-7
29. Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Minister of Aviation why the Brazilian airline VARIG has been granted unrestricted traffic rights into London from Rio de Janeiro, when British United Airways is restricted to one flight per week through Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

I have granted a permit in accordance with the Brazilian rights under the bilateral Air Services Agreement in the expectation that the Brazilian authorities will respond in the same spirit. The British airline on the route, with which I have been in full consultation throughout, agrees with my action. If our expectations of reciprocity are disappointed, I will reconsider the position.

Mr. A. Royle

Is the Minister 100 per cent. satisfied as to the safety record of this airline and would he look at the matter again before British subjects are encouraged to travel from London Airport by this airline?

Mr. Jenkins

I do not think that there is anything which would make it right for me to refuse reciprocal traffic rights on safety grounds. However, in view of what the hon. Gentleman has said, I will look into the matter again; but I should not like it to be thought that what he said carries the endorsement of the Ministry of Aviation.