HC Deb 14 April 1937 vol 322 cc999-1000
54. Mr. Lyons

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he will indicate the amounts of State aid and/or subsidies paid towards civil aviation for the most recent year by foreign countries for which figures are available?

Sir P. Sassoon

As a table of figures is involved, I am circulating the reply in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Lyons

Is it the policy of the Air Ministry at any time in the near future to encourage the promotion of British internal air lines by granting some State subvention? Has anything been done since the publication of the Maybury Report to give effect to any proposals for the promotion of home air lines?

Sir P. Sassoon

Yes, we have taken steps for that purpose.

Following is the reply:

Amounts of the air transport subsidies for the last year for which information is available and also of the civil aviation votes (including the subsidies) as a whole, since the latter figures may be regarded broadly as representing State aid to civil aviation. In each case the local currency has, for convenience, been converted to sterling at par rates of exchange.

Air transport subsidy. Total civil aviation vote.
£ £
Belgium 84,857 126,933
Czechoslovakia 114,546 283,125
Denmark 13,774 61,139
Finland 16,488 17,782
France 1,195,532 1,413,851
Germany 962,120 Not available
Greece 43,496 72,268
Italy 765,736 803,400
Netherlands 45,235 99,281
Poland 136,007 390,433
Rumania 4,916 24,770
Sweden 45,240 64,375
Switzerland 18,636 29,956
Yugoslavia 26,404 41,069
U.S.A 2,511,330* 5,371,625
Netherlands East Indies. 33,031 48,256
Japan 213,853 666,845
* Air Mail loss.