§ 71. Mr. R. ROBINSON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether 1405 he is conducting any negotiations with regard to an Atlantic air-mail service; and, if so, with whom?
§ Sir P. SASSOON
When reviewing the whole field of the development of Empire air services last year, His Majesty's Government decided, after full consideration of all relevant factors, to entrust the operation of the North Atlantic service when instituted to Imperial Airways, in so far as the United Kingdom is concerned—this company having done much preparatory work on the problems of trans-Atlantic operation. Preliminary negotiations were accordingly opened with the company, and a mission from this country has recently visited Canada and the United States to participate in discussions designed to facilitate co-operation between the United States, Canada, Newfoundland, the Irish Free State and the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. ROBINSON
Can my right hon. Friend say how soon he expects operations to commence on this service?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
In that case will the Under-Secretary consider the question of Government representation on the Imperial Airways Board?