§ 39. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Minister of Civil Aviation why the Scottish Aviation Company has discontinued its service from Prestwick to London; and what steps are to be taken to supply an alternative service for the convenience of the public.
§ Mr. Profumo
I understand that the Company discontinued the service because it was uneconomic. The facilities provided by British Overseas Airways Corporation for travel between Prestwick and London will be substantially increased this summer and British European Airways provide services from Renfrew to London. It is open to any independent company to apply to the Air Transport Advisory Council for permission to provide additional services.
§ Mr. Hughes
Has not private enterprise failed to carry out this service? Is the Minister aware that if one goes by B.O.A.C. one may go to Iceland instead of to Prestwick; and will he consider arranging for the B.E.A. service from Renfrew to London to call at Prestwick?
§ Mr. Profumo
Such arrangements are not within the power of my right hon. Friend. I think that if the hon. Gentleman finds himself on the wrong aeroplane, it is not the fault of our Department.
§ Sir T. Moore
Is not the real reason that so many travellers feel it to be a patriotic, although possibly a mistaken, duty to support the bankrupt British nationalised railways?
§ Mr. Rankin
The Minister has not got the point. Is he aware that almost at the last moment the service scheduled for Prestwick may be diverted via Shannon, and there is no alternative service provided for the traveller?
§ 42. Major Anstruther-Gray
asked the Minister of Civil Aviation how many charter licences have been applied for between Edinburgh and London.