HC Deb 07 December 1966 vol 737 cc1350-1
37. Mr. Rankin

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will give an assurance that a Minister responsible for aviation matters will answer Questions on Wednesdays as at present.

Mr. Crossman

Civil aviation Questions are answered by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. Until the Ministry of Aviation is absorbed into the Ministry of Technology, other aviation Questions will be dealt with on Wednesdays as at present.

Mr. Rankin

That is quite satisfactory. As my right hon. Friend knows, I have been trying to meet him to have a talk on this matter. Could he spare the time to discuss the future of this matter with those of us on this side of the House who are interested in it?

Mr. Crossman

Yes, I am always willing and anxious to discuss all questions with my hon. Friend. I remind him, however, that we try to compile the roster in very careful consultation with all sides of the House. I am satisfied that when we shift aviation should shift with technology. I foresee no difficulty arising from it.

Mr. R. Carr

Will the Lord President take into account the fact that part of aviation has been transferred to the Board of Trade? Does he realise that there is a fairly heavy log jam of Questions to the President of the Board of Trade? Is there a possibility of the President having a second day for Questions?

Mr. Crossman

I will certainly consider that.