HC Deb 13 July 1932 vol 268 cc1277-8
18. Mr. DONNER

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air who was responsible for extending permission to the Graf Zeppelin to fly over London and large tracts of this country; and whether he will ensure that this or similar incidents will not again occur?

Mr. WOMERSLEY (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. I would refer my hon. Friend to the Anglo-German Air Agreement, particulars of which are contained in Command Papers 3010 of 1928 and 3663 of 1930. He will see that under this agreement each contracting party undertakes, subject to certain conditions, to grant liberty of passage above his territory to the aircraft of the other.


Would it not be possible to explain to our German friends that the flight of Zeppelin aircraft over this country is easily misunderstood and certainly disliked by a large number of people?


I would ask my hon. Friend to study the Command Papers which he will find in the Library, and, if he cares to see me after Questions, I will point out the salient features of those Command Papers.


Is it not the opinion of the hon. Gentleman that questions of this vexatious nature only disturb the possibility of a peaceful atmosphere between the two countries?

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