§ 77. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give for the period since last September and the previous 12 months the costs of the civil aviation unit administered by his Department; what this unit comprises; and what action he has taken or proposes to take to reduce these costs.
§ Mr. Jay
The cost for the twelve months ended 31st March, 1966, was £714,600 of which about £18,000 related to communication flights. No later figures are readily available. The Unit now comprises 9 Doves, 3 Princes, 1 President, 1 Chipmunk and 1 HS.125. I see no prospect of reducing the cost as the technical demands on the fleet are growing.