HC Deb 27 April 1932 vol 265 cc354-5

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the number of people anxious to travel home by air from the Colonies, including civil servants, is larger than the existing Imperial service can convey; and whether, in these circumstances, assistance is being given by the local Governments concerned to the promotion of increased facilities?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

I have received no representations that the existing air service to and from East Africa is inadequate. It is not proposed to ask the East African Governments to increase the generous contributions which they already make to the subsidy. The provision of extra machines to meet increased traffic is a matter for the company.

23. Mr. L. SMITH

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the benefit to the Colonies of an airmail service to and from Great Britain, he can state the extent to which the Colonies are co-operating with Imperial Airways in the provision of aerodromes and wireless services?


The extent to which the East African Governments have co-operated in the preliminary organisation of the air route to the Cape was indicated in the reply which I gave on the 2nd March to my hon. Friend the Member for the Fairfield Division of Liverpool (Mr. Brocklebank). In addition, those Governments have undertaken to provide subsidies up to a maximum of £37,000 per annum to assist in the operation of the air service during the first five years

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