HC Deb 01 December 1958 vol 596 cc96-7W
63. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to what extent the holding of the public inquiry into the Viking aircraft accident at Southall is postponed until the findings of the coroner's inquest on those killed is made available; and how far it is his general policy to hold the inquiry into an air accident after the inquest proceedings are completed.

Mr. Watkinson

The timing of the public inquiry depends upon completion by my Chief Inspector of Accidents of his technical investigations and upon the preparation of the material to be laid before the court. The public inquiry will, however, have to stand over while there is any possibility of further proceedings on any aspect of the matter and it is obviously necessary, therefore, to await the verdict of the coroner's court.

As regards the second part of the Question, there is no general uniform practice.