§ Mr. Lubbock
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that British United Airways propose to withdraw services to Alderney from 15th January, 1968; and whether, in view of their failure to notify the Air Transport Licensing Board of this proposal, he will make provision by regulation under Section 5(d) of the Civil Aviation (Licensing) Act 1960 for representations to be made to him regarding the fitness of this company to operate other air services to the Channel Islands.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
The Board of Trade and the Home Office are in close touch with the Channel Islands authorities on this matter. I understand that the continuation of the Alderney service is still a possibility. I should point120W
previous five years are set out in the table below. It should be noted that the annual figures for individual counties are unreliable as year-by-year indications of population change, since they include in some cases corrections to reconcile the estimates with the censuses. The totals for the five-year period are more reliable.
out that there is no requirement on an operator to inform the Air Transport Licensing Board in advance of his intention to discontinue a service, nor is there any power to compel an operator to maintain a service.