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Written Answers

Wednesday, 7th June 1995.

UK/US Aviation Agreement

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What progress has been made in aviation negotiations with the United States of America.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): We are pleased to announce that on 5 June the UK and US Governments reached agreement on a package of new opportunities for UK and US airlines. This will mean that passengers will be able to benefit from greater frequency of transatlantic service and wider choice, and the prospect of more competitive fares.

The deal allows increased services for British Airways on its Heathrow-Philadelphia route, allows a second US airline to operate the Heathrow-Chicago route, confirms and extends the terms of the regional liberalisation offer which my Rt. Hon. friend the Secretary of State for Transport made last October, substantially liberalises code-sharing arrangements and allows UK airlines the

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opportunity to carry some US government traffic which has, up to now, not been open to UK airlines.

Both governments agreed that the provisions of the agreement would come into effect once the US Government had approved all outstanding code share applications by British Airways in respect of US Air.

Both governments have also agreed to begin work immediately on the next stage of negotiations with the aim of opening up further opportunities.

Unit Price Marking

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it proposes to defer the requirement in the Price Marking Order 1991 for certain products to display unit prices from 7 June 1995.

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Earl Ferrers): I have today laid before Parliament legislation to defer until 7 June 1997 the requirement in the Price Marking Order 1991 for certain consumer products to display their unit price from 7 June 1995.

Trade organisations, consumer groups, and local authority trading standards departments have been consulted about this deferment.



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