HC Deb 12 December 1950 vol 482 cc151-2W
Mr. J. Grimston

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how many public transport aircraft registered in the United Kingdom are operating contrary to Article 16 (5) (i) of the Air Navigation Order, 1949, without obtaining his approval to written loading instructions.

Mr. Beswick

Aircraft become "public transport" aircraft as defined in Article 2 of the Air Navigation (General) Regulations by virtue of the use to which they are put on a particular flight, and there is no certainty that an operator who has not submitted loading instructions for approval is using the aircraft for "public transport" work. I regret, therefore, that I am unable to give the figures asked for. I should add that an information circular was published in August drawing the attention of operators to their obligation to obtain approval of loading instructions and that steps have been taken to secure enforcement.