The Eurocontrol Convention provides for the setting up of a permanent Commission for the safety of air navigation, and an air traffic services agency which will be responsible for providing air traffic control service in the upper air-space of France, the Benelux countries, Western Germany and the United Kingdom.
Is this convention solely concerned with control in the upper air space? I gather from two replies made by the right hon. Gentleman that this is the part which is to be emphasised. Does he realise that within the airways up to the height of 25,000 feet the continuing crossing and passing along those airways by military aircraft are a source of continual danger to civil aircraft?
The first step to take is to make quite certain that in this country we are taking all the urgent steps which are required to have a fully integrated civil-military system for the control both of civil and military aircraft.
In consultation with my hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air, we are, I am happy to say, progressing very rapidly towards that situation.