§ Mr. Thornton
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what was the purpose of the recent visit by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Worcestershire, South (Mr. Spicer) to Australasia; what progress was made towards greater liberalisation of the London to Australia route via Singapore; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
[pursuant to the reply, 14 November 1985, c. 268]: The purpose of my visit to Australasia was to explore the scope for greater liberalisation of air services, especially on fares. I made various proposals to this effect to the Australian Government. Agreement has since been reached on the 108W introduction of additional capacity of both BA and Qantas; the remaining proposals are also being pursued at official level.