Renfrew — London

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh North 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the reason for the stoppage of the Renfrew-London air service in September and the steps that were taken by the B.E.A.C, to avoid it.

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

The reason for the temporary stoppage of the Renfrew-London air service was that, owing to the overall shortage of suitable aircraft, British European Airways Corporation were unable to replace aircraft temporarily withdrawn for periodic inspection and overhaul. As deliveries of new aircraft are made, the corporation will be increasingly in a position to meet such contingencies.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh North

Were any steps taken to secure other aircraft?

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

Yes, Sir, steps were taken.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Is it not a fact that application was made to the company at Prestwick to maintain this service, and that they refused?

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

I hope that my hon. Friend will not press me to reply. Feeling in the Scottish area has not been too happy in the past. I have done my best, in the few weeks during which I have been able to assist my noble Friend, to establish a better relationship, and I would not like to say anything to undo the good that has been done in the last few weeks.