HC Deb 22 November 1967 vol 754 c1289
8. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many airline pilots have become redundant since 1st June, 1967.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

This information is not available.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Why is it not available? The troubles now going on, the go-slow at B.E.A. and the more recent cut in the travel allowance will all have a very detrimental effect on this profession? How does he think he will get peace in the profession if he does not know what is going on?

Mr. Mallalieu

The fact of the matter appears to be that if a pilot is declared redundant today he is re-employed tomorrow and does not sign on, so the figures do not appear.

Mr. Fortescue

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that in a very few years there will be a great shortage of pilots in Britain because of the retirement of very many ex-Service pilots who joined independent airlines and Corporation airlines immediately after the war?

Mr. Mallalieu

I do not think I can agree to that, because I understand that there are likely to be large-scale redundancies of R.A.F. pilots in the course of the next few years.