§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has had consultations with the aviation authorities of Canada, Ireland and India regarding the cause of the loss of the Air India Boeing 747 off the coast of Ireland in June 1985; what advice on the matter he has received from the Civil Aviation Authority; and if he will make a statement.396W
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
The responsibility for the accident investigation into the loss of the Air India Boeing 747 lies with the Indian Government, with assistance from the state of manufacture.
I have had no consultations with the aviation authorities of India, Canada and Ireland regarding the cause of this tragic accident, but the Civil Aviation Authority, which is solely responsible for United Kingdom aviation safety regulation, is keeping in touch with all the relevant authorities pending the outcome of the accident investigation.
My accident investigation branch is also keeping in close touch with all the authorities concerned and is providing assistance to the Indian authorities when requested.