HC Deb 16 May 1994 vol 243 c362W
Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he will reply to the representations he has received from the hon. Member for Uxbridge concerning proposals by the United States Association of Flight Attendants to close all facilities not based in the United States of America; what assessment he has made of the effect of such proposals on the employment by United Airlines of British nationals; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Hunt

I have replied to my hon. Friend today. I am aware that the Association of Flight Attendants is seeking to persuade United Airlines to close its domicile in London which employs about 350 British citizens. I understand the concern felt by British employees of United Airlines about this matter. The establishment, by United Airlines, of London-based flight attendants has benefited both the airline and its employees. I hope that the present dispute will be concluded in a way which allows the benefits to the company to continue and employment opportunities at Heathrow to grow.