HC Deb 07 June 1928 vol 218 cc338-9
51. Mr. ROSE

asked the Secretary of State for Air if it is the intention of his Department to take part in the expedition now projected by other Governments with the object of determining the fate of the airship "Italia" and her crew?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Sir Philip Sassoon)

No, Sir. There are no British airships in commission, and I fear that the geographical difficulties in the way of a search by Service machines are too great.


Does the hon. Baronet think that it is consonant with the honour and traditions of this country that as long as there is the remotest possibility of saving one of these human lives we should take part in the search?


I think I have made it clear that we have not the means of doing so.


Then we ought to have.

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