HC Deb 23 March 1955 vol 538 cc181-2W
54. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the main problems in law being examined by the McNair Committee in connection with the Convention on the International Recognition of Rights in Aircraft; and when this Committee started work.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The Committee was set up by the thenLord Chancellor in July, 1953, and held its first meeting in October, 1953. The construction of the Convention offers many difficulties and the first task of the Committee has accordingly been to consider what points arising from it would be appropriate for inclusion in a Parliamentary Bill. It will also be necessary for consideration to be given in the light of this, to the question of how ratification or failure to ratify would affect varying British interests. Then, on the assumption that ratification is to take place, a workable and suitable scheme for the registration of rights in British aircraft would have to be formulated.

For this purpose, the parallel provisions of the merchant shipping Acts would have to be examined and adapted to the analagous but not identical problems affecting aircraft. Finally, the necessary modifications of our law, in particular as to the procedure where an aircraft is taken in execution, would have to be formulated to enable effect to be given to the Convention in relation to aircraft from Convention countries which come into this country.