Helicopter Service, Waterloo — London Airport

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the reasons for his proposal to stop the helicopter service between London Airport and Waterloo Air Terminal.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Is it the case that B.E.A. proposes to stop the service? If that is so, can the Minister say whether or not he was consulted and, if he was, what advice he gave?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The experimental helicopter unit of B.E.A. is operated by B.E.A. on my behalf, on payment of a grant. No application to vary the routes which are served at present has yet been made to me. I think that the hon. Member has in mind a statement in the Press, for which I am not responsible.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Then is it the case that the statement in the Press was wrong, and that the service is not being stopped?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I merely stated that I have taken no decision in the matter. I shall no doubt consider it in the next few weeks but until I have been into the facts I cannot possibly anticipate what that decision will be.