HC Deb 09 July 1965 vol 715 cc334-5W
Mr. Abse

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the suspension of air services for domestic passengers between Bournemouth and Cardiff is causing inconvenience in South Wales and Monmouthshire, that this has arisen because of the failure of Her Majesty's Customs to agree a clearance formula with Cambrian Airways Limited, and that this failure is preventing seat availability for passengers from South Wales to Southampton and London; and what action he is taking to overcome these difficulties.

Mr. MacDermot

Incoming flights from overseas must be cleared by the Customs at the airport where they first arrive, before they may be joined by passengers on inland journeys, who, of course, are not subject to Customs control. This is not a new requirement. As regards outgoing flights, the Customs wrote to Cambrian Airways Limited on 25th May agreeing to clear international passengers at the beginning of flights, so that domestic passengers could also be carried, subject to reserving the right to ask for a further Customs examination of the international passengers at the last airport visited in this country if that should be considered necessary on any particular occasion.