§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and industry what negotiations he has held with European and other interested Governments about the liberalisation of rules governing charter flights; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
International discussion of non-scheduled services has taken place largely in the European Civil Aviation Conference (E.C.A.C.). The United Kingdom has played a full part in this. Negotiations within E.C.A.C. have led to agreement on several kinds of non-schedule flights which may be carried out freely in Europe. These are defined in the Multilateral Agreement on Commercial Rights for non-schedule Air Services in Europe. There has also been a considerable liberalisation of inclusive tour charters, particularly in Europe.
Study and discussion of the rules governing closed group affinity charter and other types of charter operations are continuing in E.C.A.C., and at need with other administrations. Outside Europe these contacts are mainly exploratory.