§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give figures for reported mid-air collisions or near collisions over United Kingdom air space and involving British commercial aircraft in the years 1960 to 1968.
§ Mr. Goronwy Roberts
There were no mid-air collisions in the United Kingdom involving public transport aircraft in 1960–68. Pilots are encouraged to report all incidents where they consider a risk of collision exists. All these reports are immediately investigated by the National Air Traffic Control Service with the other368W
authorities concerned and any necessary urgent remedial action is taken. These reports are additionally analysed by an Air Miss Working Group comprising civil airspace users and including, of course, representatives of the pilots' organisations. This Group seeks to determine causes and recommends remedies. Incidents are classified according to type of airspace and to degree of risk and not according to category of aircraft, so the figures for which my hon. Friend is asking are not readily available. I am having the information extracted.