§ 25. Mr. MACKINDER (for Mr. ROBINSON)
asked the Secretary of State for Air what action is being taken to effect a settlement in the case of the 10 war-time contracts for the construction of aerodromes that have been the subject of comment by the Comptroller and Auditor-General in his Reports on the air services for many years?
§ Sir S. HOARE
The 10 war-time contracts are all in respect of one company. This company obtained leave to bring a Petition of Right in 1920, but did not present it. In October, 1923, the company was allowed by the Court to present the Petition in an amended form. The case has not yet come before the Courts, but it is expected that it will be heard shortly. Unsuccessful attempts to effect a settlement by negotiations have been made from time to time, the last being in March, 1925, when an offer made on the advice of counsel was not accepted by the company's solicitors.