§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress made with the French authorities on recognising a standard pilot retirement age of 65; and when he expects a solution will be reached. 
§ Mr. Mullin
I refer the hon. Member to my reply on 9 November 1999,Official Report, column 487W.
The French authorities have asked that the matter be raised with ICAO and we have been exploring with ICAO whether their age limit could be amended in line with that in JAR-OPS.