§ 85. Mr. Teeling
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation why, when the makers of the Dakota and the U.S. authorities only allow this aircraft to fly at a total weight of 25,200 lb., he allows Dakotas to fly on British routes with a maximum weight of 28,000 lb.; and whether any foreign 204W Governments have protested to him about this permission.
§ 87. Mr. Driberg
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation on what grounds it was decided that British-operated Dakotas could safely fly with a load nearly 3,000 lb. heavier than the maximum load specified by their makers; and if, pending the reports of the inquiries into the recent disasters, he will give an assurance that none of these aircraft will carry a load heavier than 25,200 lb.
§ Mr. Lindgren
I refer the hon. Member and my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Mid-Bedford (Mr. Lennox-Boyd) on Monday last. As soon as my noble Friend has received and considered the report of the Air Safety Board, a further statement will be made.