B.O.A.C. Pilots (Dispute)

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 Mr Lawrence Orr Mr Lawrence Orr , South Down 12:00 am, 22nd November 1967

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is satisfied that passenger safety is not imperilled as a result of the dispute between British Overseas Airways Corporation and its pilots; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

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.

Photo of Mr Lawrence Orr Mr Lawrence Orr , South Down

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?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

On these matters the Corporation is talking to the pilots every day of the week.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Does not this morning's news indicate that B.O.A.C.'s pilots have decided to continue normal duties?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

I understand that there has been a great improvement in the situation.