HC Deb 08 March 1966 vol 725 cc488-9W
Mr. Bradley

asked the Minister of Aviation if he will make a statement on the activities of the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, Eurocontrol.

Mr. Mulley

Copies of the Second Annual Report of the Eurocontrol Organisation, summarising its activities during 1964, have been placed in the Library of the House.

The report notes that, during 1964, air traffic control services in our upper airspace were provided by the National Air Traffic Control Services under a bilateral agreement with Eurocontrol and that this agreement was extended through 1965. The Eurocontrol Permanent Commission has recently decided that these agency arrangements will be continued for the foreseeable future.

I welcome this decision which will enable both Eurocontrol and the United Kingdom to make the best and most economic use of the control facilities available, and becoming available, in this country.

A similar decision was also taken in respect of France.

Certain consequential changes have been made in the financial arrangements of the organisation in order to maintain on an equitable basis the contributions made by member nations to Eurocontrol and the recoveries made by them from Eurocontrol for services provided on its behalf.