§ 52. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Civil Aviation if he will make a statement on the tests made by the Bristol 171 helicopter on the South Bank site; when the tests will be completed; and if a Bristol-London service will be established when the tests have been completed.
§ Mr. Maudling
No test has been made by the Bristol 171 helicopter on the South Bank site, though a trial flight has been made by a Sikorsky S.51 to view the various possible sites from the air.
A series of tests will shortly be undertaken, some of which will be carried out in a Bristol 171. The series will cover 2–3 weeks.
No inter-city helicopter services will be introduced until the twin-engined helicopter has been developed for commercal use.