Air Services

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd April 1995.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring , Bury St Edmunds 12:00 am, 3rd April 1995

To ask Secretary of State for Transport what efforts are being made to liberalise air services to and from the United Kingdom. [15699]

Photo of Dr Brian Mawhinney Dr Brian Mawhinney The Secretary of State for Transport

The United Kingdom played a lead role in bringing about the liberalisation of air services in the European Community, which came into effect on 1 January 1993, and about which I have just spoken. Outside the Community, we shall continue to seek to liberalise air service agreements on a bilateral basis.

Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring , Bury St Edmunds

Although I welcome the discussions between the UK and the United States of America, does my right hon. Friend hope that new practical and liberalised arrangements will emerge that are of benefit to both countries?

Photo of Dr Brian Mawhinney Dr Brian Mawhinney The Secretary of State for Transport

I appreciate my hon. Friend's question and I am encouraged by the progress that has been made in those discussions between the United States and the UK. I pay tribute to Secretary Peña who, with me, agreed an agenda for those discussions. We have made good progress. They have been genuine negotiations. The talks will recommence in Washington on 10 April and continue until 12 April. I am hopeful that an arrangement will eventually emerge that will benefit the travelling public both in the United States and in the UK.