Competition

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th February 1963.

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Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington 12:00 am, 25th February 1963

asked the Minister of Aviation what is his policy regarding competition between private air companies on the one hand and British European Airways and the British Overseas Airways Corporation on the other.

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

Competition should be regulated in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Licensing) Act, 1960.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

Is the Minister being fair to the Government-owned B.E.A. and B.O.A.C. as against the private companies? For example, are the Government companies being allowed to tender for trooping?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

As I told the House some time ago, we are at present considering the question of trooping. Both sides corn-plain of unfairness, and this seems to me to be a pretty good certification of the fairness we have towards each.

Photo of Mr John Cronin Mr John Cronin , Loughborough

Is it not an anomalous situation that, as a result of pooling agreements, B.E.A. is co-ordinating with foreign airlines and yet competing fiercely with British independent air aviation? Is this conducive to the satisfactory interests of the British aircraft industry?

Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Preston North

The pattern of competition is extremely intricate in these matters. There are pooling arrangements between B.E.A. and certain continental airlines. There are also aspects in which B.E.A. is in sharp competition with continental airlines. There are also aspects in which it is in competition with independent British airlines.