§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will seek to hold discussions on his forthcoming visit to South America to explore the chances of extending the services of British airlines.
§ Mr. George Thomson
My right hon. Friend will, I am sure, take advantage of any opening in the course of his visit to secure improved opportunities for British airlines as for other British enterprises; but his very full programme does not allow time for substantive discussions on air services questions. As the hon. Member will know, scheduled services are already being operated by British airlines between the United Kingdom and the three countries to be visited (Peru, Chile and Argentina). My right hon. Friend will as far as possible travel on those services.
Her Majesty's Ambassador at Lima is currently negotiating with the Peruvian authorities to extend the scope of the service linking the United Kingdom and Peru.