HC Deb 28 February 1924 vol 170 c683
78. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether any estimate has been formed as to the relative cost to the country of proposals for nationalised building and equipping air-ship routes, rendering equivalent service, as compared with the subsidy proposals of the Burney air-ship scheme, excluding all losses from Income Tax which would have been levied and from absence of orders to build for foreign countries; and, if so, can he give the comparative figures?


As stated by the Prime Minister on Monday last, a special Sub-Committee of the Cabinet has been appointed to examine and report on the air-ship question. I am unable to say whether the problem will present itself to the Sub-Committee in such a way as to entail the preparation of estimates of comparative costs based on equivalent services under two different schemes. No estimates of the sort are in existence.

Viscount CURZON

Will the hon. Gentleman exercise his influence with the special Sub-Committee which is considering the scheme to see that it does not unduly delay matters and comes to a decision soon?