HC Deb 20 April 1959 vol 604 cc21-2W
Mr. G. Brown

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what particular action he now intends to take to secure further consideration by the appropriate International Authority of the British Decca navigation system.

Mr. Watkinson

The report of the recent I.C.A.O. meeting on navigational aids at Montreal will come before the Air Navigation Commission of I.C.A.O. during its next session beginning April 28th. Before formulating its own recommendations to the Council of I.C.A.O. the Air Navigation Commission seeks the written views of member States.

The basis of the U.K. objections to the recommendations of the Montreal meeting will then be restated and the need reasserted for a more objective and thorough approach to the air traffic control problems in areas of high traffic density. We shall emphasise that all the needs of air traffic control, of aircraft operations of all classes, and of pilots, must be comprehensively defined in order to establish complete and true criteria for selecting a short range navigational aid. We shall restress that the selection of the aid to meet those criteria must be completely objective and I shall ensure that other countries are made fully aware of our views and their supporting arguments.

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