§ 22. Mr. Neubert
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what plans he has to make an official visit to the headquarters of the International Air Transport Association in Montreal.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
My right hon. Friend has no plans for an official visit to the headquarters of the International Air Transport Association in Montreal.
§ Mr. Neubert
If not in person, will the Minister by letter urge IATA to impress on its member airlines how much better it would be to come forward with a simplified structure of realistic fares rather than to allow the present anarchy of a commission war and under-the-counter discounted fares which has created a bonanza for the bucket shops and which is undermining legitimate interests?
§ Mr. Davis
I am well aware of the present difficulties, which have been precipitated by PanAm. The hon. Member will be pleased to know that my Department wrote to PanAm on 23rd April asking it to give specific and satisfactory assurances following its unfortunate initiative. Unfortunately, it has not yet given those assurances, and that could —I hope that it will not, but it could—lead to a possible revocation of its operating permits in this country. We want order in this situation, and the hon. Member may rest assured that the Government will continue to use their best endeavours to achieve that objective.