Private Flying

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th July 1962.

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Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington 12:00 am, 9th July 1962

asked the Minister of Aviation what is the present concession on fuel used for private flying; and what improvement he proposes in order to encourage people to take flying lessons.

Photo of Mr Christopher Woodhouse Mr Christopher Woodhouse , Oxford

A rebate of duty on petrol used by flying clubs is paid at a rate for the present year of 1s. 3d. a gallon. It is not possible to improve on this within the finance available for the scheme.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

Has the Minister given recent consideration to the desirability of forming a pool of pilots in this way?

Photo of Mr Christopher Woodhouse Mr Christopher Woodhouse , Oxford

This scheme was introduced in the first place expressly in order to help to form a pool of pilots. The fact that the increase in private flying last year has, so to speak, bumped against the ceiling of the subsidy is evidence that the encouragement given by the Government to private flying has been very successful.

Dr. Bennett:

Will my hon. Friend consider allowing petrol supplied for seaplanes to be duty-free?

Photo of Mr Christopher Woodhouse Mr Christopher Woodhouse , Oxford

That is a slightly different question, of which I would require notice; but I will consider it.