HC Deb 11 May 1966 vol 728 cc372-3
2. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will estimate the value of the output of United Kingdom airlines in the financial year 1965–66 in £ millions at 1964 prices.

The Minister of Aviation (Mr. Frederick Mulley)

About £250 million.

Mr. Lubbock

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the estimate given in the National Plan for this year is only £236 million? Is he further aware that I wrote to his predecessor on 23rd November last year stating that B.O.A.C. had under-estimated its requirements for jet aircraft, and will he now press Sir Giles Guthrie and his Board to make sure that adequate aircraft are available to meet the capacity needs of the next few years?

Mr. Mulley

I think there is a misunderstanding if the hon. Member thinks that the figure I gave relates to capacity. It is, of course, the actual revenue of all the airlines concerned. The National Plan forecasts are under review, and it may well be that there will be an upward revision in the National Plan target of £340 million for civil air transport in 1970.