HC Deb 10 May 1950 vol 475 cc55-6W
Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to what extent it is the practice for the Airways Corporations to consult the Minister in regard to any proposal for a major modification or change in the scale of passenger fares or freight rates, either for internal or external services; and to what extent the prior consent of his Department is required before any such major modification or change is announced or put into effect.

Mr. Beswick

Fares and freight rates, as sources of revenue, affect the amount of grant assistance to the Corporations from public funds and any major changes therefore are subject to the prior approval of the Minister. International fares and freight rates are also subject to the approval of the United Kingdom and other Governments concerned under the terms of the international agreements exchanging traffic rights.

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