§ 24. Mr. Lawson
asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the real meaning of the regular official announcement to the effect that when a British plane is lost the pilot was saved; and whether this statement includes the rest of the occupants of any machine concerned?
§ Mr. Boulton (Lord of the Treasury)
I have been asked to reply. Reference in an official statement to the pilot of an aircraft being saved normally implies that the aircraft was a single-seater fighter. With other types of aircraft, reference is 15 made, when appropriate, to members of the crew.
§ Mr. Lawson
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in actual fact there is not any reference made to other members of the crew? At least I personally have not seen it. The only reference is to the pilot.