HC Deb 17 March 1965 vol 708 cc1271-2
30. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Minister of Aviation whether he will instruct the member whom he will appoint to British European Airways' board, charged with paying special attention to the interests of the domestic passenger, to ensure that there will be two daily direct air services between London and Aberdeen, which now enjoys only one direct service daily.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The scale of services operated by British European Airways must remain a matter of its own responsibility.

Lady Tweedsmuir

Is the Minister aware that, owing to his expressed confidence that the appointment of this one extra member was going to bring speedy and acceptable results for the domestic passenger, there will be great disappointment if he cannot give instructions in the sense of the Question, particularly as the tourist season is coming on? No doubt he will be aware that owing to the cancellation of independent services to Glasgow and Edinburgh it is all the more necessary in the tourist season to have a direct service to Aberdeen and the North?

Mr. Jenkins

I have great confidence in the contribution which the consumer member on the Board will be able to make to the general pool of wisdom in B.E.A., but I am not going to start him off by giving a specific instruction about one service.

Mr. Marten

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any instructions?

Mr. Jenkins

The hon. Gentleman, who has had responsibility in these matters, is surely aware that I can give general instructions but not specific instructions.