§ 6. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he expects to be able to make any reduction in the costs of security provisions for airline passengers.
§ Mr. McNair-Wilson
To what extent does my hon. Friend consider that the charge of £4 for a round trip airline 5 ticket represents the true economic cost of providing airport security? Is he aware that airports other than those run by the British Airports Authority, which employ private security companies, need to charge rather less than 50 per cent. of that figure to cover their costs? In those circumstances, is it not high time that the Government either reconsidered the charges that the British Airports Authority is having to levy, or the security levy in general?
Mr. J. Enoch Powell
In view of the addition to costs and the disruption of services caused by the practice, always unnecessary, but quite unnecessary now, of flying British shuttle crews from Belfast to Glasgow every night so that they may escape the dangers to which 1½ million of their fellow citizens are exposed, will the Government take steps to bring the nonsense to an end, in everybody's interest?
§ Mr. McCrindle
Why are there no plans to return those security tasks to private enterprise, bearing in mind the disproportionate rise in costs since the responsibility was passed to the British Airports Authority?
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
Is the Minister aware that the standards of training undertaken by virtually all private security companies before the changeover were grossly inadequate?