HC Deb 16 May 1928 vol 217 cc1031-2
45. Mr. ROSE

asked the Postmaster-General if he has offered to pay a contribution for all mail matter carried by airship from this country; and, if so, the amount offered per pound carried?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir William Mitchell-Thomson)

If and when a regular airship service from this country is established, I shall be prepared to use it on the ordinary conditions applicable to air mail services, that is to say, it would be advertised as available for letters and parcels surcharged with an appropriate air fee. The payment to be made for the carriage of mails would be a matter for negotiation and the air fee to be charged to the public would depend on the terms agreed. I should make it clear that no question of subsidy arises in this connection, as any payment made by the Post Office would strictly represent remuneration for services rendered.