HC Deb 20 February 1933 vol 274 c1443

asked the Prime Minister whether it is the policy of the Government that Imperial Airways should be placed under international control?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

As my hon. Friend is aware, His Majesty's Government have proposed to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva that there should be constituted a committee to examine the possibility of the entire abolition of military and naval aircraft combined with an effective international control of civil aviation. The object of His Majesty's Government is, therefore, to ascertain whether, and if so, under what conditions, effective international control of civil aviation is possible, and, until this has been discussed, the question which my hon. Friend asks me does not arise.