A joint group representing Customs and airlines has drawn up a technically feasible scheme for applying modern computer methods to the documentation and control of imports at Heathrow. The views of other interested parties are now being ascertained, and the financial and management aspects of the scheme are being examined.
Does the Minister understand the importance of pressing ahead with the scheme, which is most valuable and the initiative for which came from the airline side? Is he aware that it should save the Customs several hundred employees and greatly expedite the handling of imports and exports by air?
Is the Minister also aware that the French Government have apparently taken a decision to install a .similar system at Orly which will be in operation as early as 1970, and will it not raise possibilities of sales of hardware and "know-how" as long as we press ahead as fast as possible? Has the Minister any comment on that?