§ 39. Mr. Peter Smithers
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent there is uniformity of practice amongst the West Indian Colonial Governments in relation to the formalities for the clearance of commercial aircraft.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
The procedure for air traffic clearance is laid down in the Colonial Air Navigation Order, 1949, and is uniform throughout the British West Indian Colonies. Clearance for Customs, health or immigration purposes is a matter for the colonial Governments concerned, and I have no information to indicate how far their present practices differ. Colonial Governments have been requested to give effect as far as possible to the standards and recommended practices contained in Annex 9 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, with the object of reducing the time taken at airports for Customs, health and immigration clearance.