There is no evidence that the dispute is affecting the safety of flight operations. The Corporation is watching the position closely and my officials are in close touch with it; regular flight inspections by Board of Trade officials are being carried out. Should any special safeguards be thought to be necessary they will, of course, be applied.
How can the Minister be so sure about safety? If the Corporation is not now talking to the pilots how can it get the pilots' advice about such matters as scheduling safety and flying over combatant areas? Would the Minister encourage the Corporation now to talk to the pilots so that we can be certain about passenger safety?