§ 67. Mr. Beswick
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation why he is proposing to grant licences to private companies to operate scheduled air services to certain countries in Africa in view of the fact that his proposal is contrary to the provisions of the Civil Aviation Acts; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Watkinson
I assume the hon. Member is referring to the services which the operators of the existing Colonial Coach services to Africa will be permitted to operate under the new arrangements which I announced on 26th June in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Sir A. V. Harvey). It is intended that these services will, like other scheduled services provided by independent companies, be operated under Associate arrangements approved by me under Section 15 of the Air Corporations Act. 1949.