Europe (Air Traffic Control)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Lincoln 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Aviation what progress he has made in his negotiations for joint civil and military air traffic control in Europe and a standard system of air movement notification.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I have nothing to add to the reply given on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member last Thursday.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Lincoln

Is the Minister aware that that seemed to me a very unsatisfactory reply? Can the Minister say when he hopes to be able to make a further statement to the House?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I will willingly take any opportunity to make a statement. I am prepared to sign the Eurocontrol Convention on 13th December, which, I think, is a substantial advance on the European side of it. As far as the United Kingdom is concerned, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air and I are making quite rapid advances and we hope by the end of January to have joint teams, civil and military, watching something like 90 per cent. of the upper air space of this country. So we are getting on with the job.