53. Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the cost to the public of the flight taken by himself and his staff in a Pan American aircraft to Washington for defence policy talks.
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Michael Stewart)
The cost was £536.
§ Sir A. V. Harvey
Will the Foreign Secretary do what he can to persuade the Secretary of the State Department occasionally to fly by B.O.A.C.?
§ Mr. Stewart
It has been for a long time understood that Ministers should fly by British lines unless it is really impracticable and not reasonably possible for them to do so. I think that this consideration weighed, for example, when my predecessors Lord Butler and the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Kinross and West Perthshire (Sir Alec Douglas-Home) on certain occasions travelled by Swiss, Scandinavian, Belgian, Portuguese, and Japanese lines.