HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 c246W
128. Mr. Cooper

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he will explain why no consultation has so far been held with the organisations representing the pilots, radio officers and other staff of the three civil aviation corporations in connection with the development of a pensions scheme and if he will ensure that full consultation does take place before the terms of the pension scheme are published.

Mr. Lindgren

My noble Friend appreciates the importance of full consultation through the appropriate channels before the terms of any pension scheme are published, but much preparatory work has had to be done. Some time ago the chairmen of the corporations were invited to submit outline schemes and these have been examined by my Department in conjunction with other Departments concerned. Last month the corporations were authorised to proceed with consultations with the staff organisations on the basis of the outline schemes. These con sultations are being initiated through the National Joint Council for Civil Air Transport starting next week.