§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers he has to restrict the use of aviation fuel by the limitation of the services of British and foreign carriers; and if he will make a statement on the aviation fuel supply position.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Mr. Peter Emery)
British carriers operate under the terms of licences awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority, which follows policy guidance approved by Parliament. Foreign aircraft operate into and out of this country under permits granted by the Secretary of State. The supply of aviation fuel is being closely watched with other oil supplies.
§ Mr. Tebbit
When my hon. Friend is wondering how the matter should be managed, will he bear in mind that, if we ration fuel to airlines by regulation, the procedure will become increasingly bureaucratic over a long period? If we are to have a long-term problem, per- 922 haps the matter might be better dealt with by the price mechanism than by regulation.
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. I must insist that even right hon. Members conform to the rules of Question Time.
§ Mr. Emery
If the right hon. Gentleman had been listening to my last reply he would have heard me say that, by co-operation, British Airways and the British airline companies have agreed a 10 per cent. cut-back already, without any action from the Government. That is the sort of co-operation we are receiving from much of industry.