§ Mr. Rankin
asked the President of the Board of Trade in view of the fact that the Commission set up to inquire into last year's accident to Vanguard G-APEE has reached a conclusion not necessarily related to the evidence given to it, if he will include for the future a practising pilot as a member of any official investigating team because of the specialist technical nature of the evidence to be assessed.104W
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
Without commenting on my hon. Friend's views about the Vanguard Inquiry, I should point out that one of the Assessors appointed by the Lord Chancellor was a practising pilot. The composition of investigating teams for major accidents was among the matters considered by the Cairns Committee in 1960. It was subsequently stated in Command 1695 that a pilot with suitable experience would normally be associated with the inquiry, if the conduct of the pilot was likely to be called in question.