HC Deb 30 January 1957 vol 563 c173W
52. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is satisfied that recruitment of civil air crew is adequate to meet demand in the near and further future; and what steps he is taking to safeguard this position.

Mr. Watkinson

A prospective shortage of pilots, which had been foreseen, now seems likely to develop rather earlier than expected and I am examining, with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air, what steps can be taken to ease the position. I shall also be discussing the subject next week with the Chairman of the Air League of the British Empire who has raised it with me.