HC Deb 19 January 1981 vol 997 cc3-4
3. Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied that Eurocontrol will be able to continue to discharge its responsibilities for air traffic control in Europe.

Mr. Eyre

Yes, Sir. The recently agreed arrangements for the future of Eurocontrol will result in a continuing high standard of air traffic control, but on a more cost-effective and efficient basis than hitherto.

Mr. Atkinson

In view of the frequent and widespread delays experienced by British and European tourists, is there any possibility of widening the membership of Eurocontrol to make it more effective over a wider area?

Mr. Eyre

The layout of routes must have regard to safety and the avoidance of areas set aside for military purposes. However, subject to, that, I accept the importance of my hon. Friend's point. There is a prospect of improving the service as a wider area of control is brought about.

Mr. Robert Atkins

Is my hon. Friend aware that the operation of Eurocontrol compares unfavourably with air traffic control arrangements in the United States, in that the productivity of air traffic control to get aeroplanes in and out of various airports and air passages is less good than the American system?

Mr. Eyre

My noble Friend, who has responsibility for aviation matters will, I am sure, carefully consider the point.

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