Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: During the six months ending 24th July, 27,938 definite applications for enlistment were received and of these, 3,614 have been accepted.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: No, Sir.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: The site has been examined, but is unsuitable for present requirements on account of the heavy nature of the soil and the prevalence of fog in the district.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I can certainly answer that question, because I happen to be familiar, as an East Riding man, with every inch of the ground. Howden is densely foggy, while Driffield is comparatively free from fog.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I understand that the "out-of-bounds" order, which was a purely temporary measure, was withdrawn last week. I have, however, called for a report of the circumstances.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: The arrangements for the issue of "air warrants" to hon. Members are necessarily applicable only to cases where suitable air services are in operation. I regret that there is at present no such service connecting London directly with Leeds, or with Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the North-East Coast.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I should like to have notice of all those questions.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: If my hon. Friend means that it is the business of the Government to establish a Government air service, I am afraid I cannot agree. My hon. Friend asked me a specific question, which I have answered. If he is asking me now what are the circumstances in which a private undertaking ceased to run a service, surely he must see that I cannot possibly answer that question without notice.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I expect that in some cases the constituents will arrange for that.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I meant services which would suit Members.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: The two committees to which my hon. Friend refers are as follow: (1) a standing committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Warren Fisher, to consider questions of international air communications which affect more than one Department.(2) A committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Henry Maybury, to consider and report upon measures which might be adopted by His Majesty's Government or by local...
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I think that the only undertaking which I ought to give to the House, and which I gladly give, is that I will consider the reports of these committees absolutely without prejudice and on their merits.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: No, I would not give an undertaking about that. Where you have all the Departments that can contribute anything in the matter in conference together, that is really a standing committee of the Government, and I do not think I ought to be pressed to publish their confidential reports.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: There is no limitation whatever on the range of activity or research, investigation recommendation of these committees.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: During the three years ending 31st December last, 116 accidents notifiable under the regulations were attributed by the inspector of accidents to error of judgment on the part of the pilot. Of these only 44 were of sufficient importance to justify a formal report by the inspector. These included pilots holding "A" as well as "B" licences, and only one of these accidents occurred in the course...
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: As I informed the hon. and learned Member for East Leicester (Mr. Lyons) on 18th July, the conclusions of the inspector of accidents will be published in due course.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I am investigating the possibility of giving effect to the hon. Member's suggestion, and will communicate with him in the matter shortly.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: There are no such regulations, but pilots have to be medically re-examined in certain specified cases, e.g., if they have done 125 hours' flying within a period of 30 consecutive days since the last medical examination.
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: The question relates to hours. If the hon. Member wishes to inquire about wages, I should like to see the question on the Paper. As regards hours, I think the hon. Member will realise the extraordinary difficulty of laying down hard-and-fast rules. A pilot may encounter a good deal of bad weather and may have to get through with the mails, and it would be quite impossible always to comply...
Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame: I think that if the Guild of Air Pilots has any suggestion to make it should communicate with me.