HC Deb 24 February 1965 vol 707 c113W
69. Mr. Buchanan

asked the Minister of Aviation what proposals he has for improving the air transport services in Scotland.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

In principle the provision of air services is a matter for the airline operators themselves. As I indicated, however, to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Lady Tweedsmuir), I hope to discuss these matters very shortly with the Scottish Council.

Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Minister of Aviation whether the Toothill Committee's recommendations on the necessity for increased air services for Scotland will now be put into effect.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The recommendations in the Toothill Committee report formed the background to the proposals made to the last Government by the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) for improved services within and from Scotland. As presented the proposals were found unacceptable by that Government on financial grounds. I await further consideration of internal services by the Highland Transport Board and I look forward to discussing the whole matter with the Scottish Council whom I expect to meet in Edinburgh early next month.