HC Deb 12 July 1965 vol 716 c23W
67. Sir Knox Cunningham

asked the Minister of Aviation why the United Kingdom has not yet ratified the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to the Precautionary Arrest of Aircraft signed at Rome on 29th May, 1933.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The 21 countries which have ratified the Convention mostly did so more than 25 years ago. Ratification now might bring some benefit to United Kingdom aircraft in those countries which have ratified, but my Department has received no recent suggestions that the benefit would be significant. Ratification would, however, entail the alteration of the domestic law of the United Kingdom to the disadvantage of those providing services for foreign aircraft here. In the changed conditions brought about by the very extensive development of civil aviation since the war, a latter day ratification of this Convention seems on balance to offer no advantage.