§ Sir Michael McNair-Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that all the passengers in an airliner can be successfully evacuated in 90 seconds if the cabin is full of smoke and some of the exits inoperable; and how recently a practical demonstration of evacuation on each of the civil airliners currently on the British register has taken place;
(2) how many of the recommendations relating to airliner safety arising from the fire on a 737 aircraft at Manchester in 1985 have now been made mandatory on British airliners; and if he will list them.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The statutory responsibility for the safety regulations of civil aviation within the United Kingdom rests with the Civil Aviation Authority. As my hon. Friend's questions require detailed answers, I have drawn them to the attention of the chairman of the authority and asked him to write to my hon. Friend direct.