§ 46. Mr. W. Hamilton
asked the Minister of Aviation if he is aware of the widespread public concern about the safety of commercial flying, especially following the crash of a Hermes aircraft at Southend in early October; and what steps he intends to take to ensure that the highest possible safety standards are strictly observed by all commercial aircraft operators.
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
No, but to reinforce the existing safety standards I propose shortly to submit an Order as contemplated in the Civil Aviation (Licensing) Act, introducing certificates that operators are competent to operate aircraft safely.