§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Minister of Aviation if he is aware of the disruption of British European Airways' scheduled services to Scotland because of the unserviceability of aircraft; and whether, in the public interest, he will give a general direction to British European Airways to consult the independent airlines with a view to seeking to operate combined schedules, in order that an adequate air service may be maintained.
§ Mr. Mulley
I am aware of recent delays to and cancellation of some of the Corporation's services resulting from engine failures and the shortage of engine spares for Vanguard aircraft. I much regret the inconvenience caused to the public. I have asked for a report of the situation from B.E.A. and I understand that remedial measures have already reduced these delays. I see no need for the special measures suggested by the hon. Member.