HC Deb 13 January 1975 vol 884 cc2-3W
33. Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied that security checks covering internal airline routes are adequate to prevent hijacking; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Shore

Any statement of satisfaction would imply complacency, which cannot be justified so far as aviation security is concerned. However, I have called for searching of passengers and hand baggage on all scheduled domestic flights, and I keep the situation under continuous review. I refer the hon. Member to my statement after Questions.

Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what estimate he has made of the total cost to public funds and British Airways of the hijacking of the British Airways BAC 111 aircraft on 7th January 1975.

Mr. Clinton Davis

I regret that this information is not available and cannot be obtained without disproportionate[...]rt.

Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for Trade at how many public airports in Great Britain security checks are

January to November
1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
Imports 77,619 106,507 167,148 283,865 412,261 491,529
Exports 110,184 126,012 135,021 143,177 216,782 244,328
Figures of trade in manufactured goods defined as SITC(R) Sections 5 to 8 for the years 1970 to 1972 are published in Tables I and III of the appropriate Annual Statement of Overseas Trade and for 1973 and January to November 1974 in Tables II and V of the December 1973 and November 1974 issues of the monthly Overseas Trade Statistics.

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