Redundant Airline Pilots

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1967.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield 12:00 am, 22nd November 1967

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many airline pilots have become redundant since 1st June, 1967.

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

This information is not available.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

Why is it not available? The troubles now going on, the go-slow at B.E.A. and the more recent cut in the travel allowance will all have a very detrimental effect on this profession? How does he think he will get peace in the profession if he does not know what is going on?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

The fact of the matter appears to be that if a pilot is declared redundant today he is re-employed tomorrow and does not sign on, so the figures do not appear.

Photo of Mr Tim Fortescue Mr Tim Fortescue , Liverpool, Garston

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that in a very few years there will be a great shortage of pilots in Britain because of the retirement of very many ex-Service pilots who joined independent airlines and Corporation airlines immediately after the war?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

I do not think I can agree to that, because I understand that there are likely to be large-scale redundancies of R.A.F. pilots in the course of the next few years.