§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss the establishment of an internationally agreed specification for airline passenger protection smoke hoods.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
My right hon. Friend met the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority in December 1987 to discuss the authority's decision not to introduce regulations requiring the mandatory carriage of passenger smoke hoods. He informed my right hon. Friend then of the international collaboration on this matter between the Civil Aviation Authority and other leading aviation authorities. That collaboration is continuing and may in time lead to an internationally agreed specification.