HC Deb 28 June 1950 vol 476 cc230-1W
87. J. Grimston

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what grounds were advanced by the Portuguese Government for refusing permission for both British Overseas Airways and British European Airways to run scheduled airlines to Lisbon.

Mr. Beswick

The Portuguese Government represented that the aggregate capacity provided by the scheduled services of the two Corporations between London and Lisbon was increasing and was greater than was consistent with the United Kingdom-Portuguese Air Transport Agreements. In consultation with my noble Friend, the Corporations agreed that the capacity being provided by British Overseas Airways Corporation's expanding services to Central and South America via Lisbon would adequately cater for the traffic to which the United Kingdom was entitled under the Agreements and that from the point of view of British civil aviation as a whole the only course was the withdrawal of the British European Airways Corporation's services.