§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding the choice of airlines for Ministers and officials travelling on official business.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
It has been the policy of successive Governments for Ministers and officials to use British airlines for official travel wherever possible. Where the routing or time of the journey make this impossible, or the delay involved would be against the public interest, a scheduled flight on a foreign airline may be used, in which case preference is given to well-established international airlines of Commonwealth or NATO countries. Where a British airline offers a seat on a service provided by a foreign airline this may be accepted if suitable.