HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 c199W
108. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Aviation, if he is aware that the average weekly flying hours of pilots working for the British Overseas Airways Corporation are roughly two-thirds of those of pilots working for American airlines; and if he will amend his regulations so as to allow more flying hours per week.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The average weekly flying hours of B.O.A.C. pilots are generally somewhat less than those of their American counterparts, but this is not because of a difference in the regulations on permitted flying hours. These regulations are aimed at preventing excess fatigue on the part of flight crew to a point where safety could be affected, and I have no intention of sanctioning any increase. It is a function of B.O.A.C.'s management to determine, within the statutory limitations, the hours of duty, flying periods, and rest periods in the light of a number of factors, including the nature of the routes.