HC Deb 20 April 1959 vol 604 cc6-7W
82. Mr. J. Silverman

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements for consultation and coordination exist between the British and United States military authorities in Germany with regard to flights of Allied aeroplanes to Berlin.

83. Mr. Harold Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what official communications took place between him and the competent United States authorities before the high level flights over Berlin last week.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Her Majesty's Government hold the view that Allied aircraft have the right to fly in to Berlin along the air corridors at any altitude. They consider that this right should be exercised from time to time as necessary. It is the responsibility of the individual Allied Governments to decide what orders should be given to the pilots of their aircraft flying along the corridors.

Information about flight plans is filed in advance with the Controllers in the Berlin Air Safety Centre. Therefore, no special machinery is required to enable one of the Allied Governments to notify the others of its intention to send aircraft at an altitude over 10,000 feet. Her Majesty's Government's views on these matters are well known to the United States Government.

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