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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1717

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Ship ping and Transport, upon notice:

Can he say which:

(a)   international shipping lines have installed Omega receivers on their ships and

(b)   which international airline companies have installed Omega receivers on their aircraft.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Information is not available as to which particular shipping lines have installed Omega on their ships, although we do know that Cunard's QE2 is equipped and some hundreds of cargo, fishing and survey craft, mainly United States-based, are using the equipment.

It must be remembered that so far only the North Atlantic region has reasonable Omega coverage resulting from the 4 experimental low-power transmitters. One cannot expect any significant proportion of potential commercial users to fit vessels and aircraft until the full system becomes operational on a global scale.

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