HC Deb 21 February 1989 vol 147 c554W
Sir Ian Lloyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many tests have been conducted since 1986 in aircraft requiring certification in the United Kingdom to demonstrate the current requirement that all passengers and crew should be able to leave the aircraft through 50 per cent. of the exits in 90 seconds;

(2) how frequently examinations are conducted of civil aircraft on the British register to ensure compliance with the provision that a minimum distance of 12 in is observed between seats on either side of safety exits.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Matters concerning aviation safety are the statutory responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority. As the questions require detailed technical answers, I suggest that my hon. Friend contacts the chairman of the CAA direct.