Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a free enterprise company, British Eagle, wished to undercut other companies in this field and was prevented from doing so by the Air Transport Licensing Board? Does it not make nonsense of the supposed prices and incomes policy that a free enterprise company which wishes to undercut should be prevented from doing so by a public authority?
The whole question of the operations of the Air Transport Licensing Board is being reviewed by the Edwards Committee. The question of the effectiveness or desirability of competition comes into that. It is a two-sided issue.
Since there is a considerable subsidy on most domestic routes operated by B.E.A., is it not time that the subsidy was identified and the independents given an opportunity to operate on the same terms?