HC Deb 26 July 1984 vol 64 c762W
Mr. Higgins

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether any assurances have been given to Parliament by Her Majesty's Government, since the general election of 1979, that it was not the Government's intention that any part of British Airways should be broken up or sold off: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ridley

The quotation to which my right hon. Friend refers is from Sir John Nott's speech in his capacity as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry during the Second Reading of the Civil Aviation Bill on 19 November 1979, at column 47. The Government will bear all relevant factors in mind in considering the Civil Aviation Authority's report.