§ 53. Mr. Beswick
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that there is now no British operator flying a regular all-freight service across the North Atlantic; that under present arrangements a British nationalised air corporation acts as sales agent for a United States private enterprise operator; and what steps he has taken to revise the policy which has led to this position.
§ Mr. Watkinson
It is true that there is no British regular all-freight service across the North Atlantic, but this is not a matter of Government policy. The North Atlantic route is highly competitive and any United Kingdom operator,174W including B.O.A.C. can, if they wish, apply for permission to operate regular freight services.