HC Deb 24 July 1970 vol 804 cc295-6W
Mr. Clark Hutchison

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the recent representations by the British Airline Pilots' Association, he will inquire into the safety arrangements at Turnhouse, Edinburgh; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Corfield

As at other United Kingdom airports the safety arrangements at Turnhouse are kept under continuous review. Turnhouse has a good safety record. To ensure safety during crosswinds and mist it is necessary to divert or cancel services there oftener than is desirable. A surveillance radar has recently been introduced into service and a second instrument landing system has been installed and is expected to be commissioned shortly; these should help to improve regularity of operations.

The Board of Trade meets representatives of the British Airline Pilots Association periodically to discuss safety matters; no questions about facilities at Turnhouse have been raised in recent years.