HC Deb 09 May 1928 vol 217 cc225-6
32. Mr. HURD

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has under sympathetic observation the movements in Ireland and Canada to follow up the transatlantic air flight of Major Fitzmaurice and his comrades by establishing air ports in Ireland, on the one hand, and at the entrance of the St. Law rence, on the other, for the collection and distribution of transatlantic sea-borne mails; and whether he and the Postmaster-General will consider the advisability of conferring with the Governments of Ireland and Canada as to this means of quickening Empire mail services?


The establishment of air ports in the Irish Free State and Canada is a matter for the Governments concerned. I can promise, however, that any development which, as a result of the employment of aircraft, will expedite the delivery of sea-borne transatlantic mails will have the sympathetic co-operation of both the Postmaster-General and myself.


Has the right hon. Gentleman observed this week that an air mail service has been started from Rimouski, on the St. Lawrence, in connection with our ocean steamers, and does he not think that that is a matter which might well be considered by the Government?


I have noted with satisfaction the starting of this line, and any proposals will receive the sympathetic co-operation of the Postmaster-General and myself.

Commander BELLAIRS

Is it usual to establish air mail ports on the strength of a single flight failing to arrive within 600 miles of its destination, and carrying nothing but petrol?