HC Deb 28 July 1937 vol 326 cc3090-1
72. Mr. Day

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the number of British civil aeroplanes that are registered and employed commercially; and what steps the Government propose to take for the purpose of speeding up the development of commercial aviation in this country?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

The answer to the first part of the question is 801. As regards the second part, the Maybury Committee in December last made certain recommendations with a view to promoting the development of civil, including commercial, aviation in this country. These recommendations have been approved in principle by the Government and the action to give effect to them is in train.

Mr. Day

Has there been any substantial increase in the number of aircraft owned by light aeroplane clubs?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I could not say.

Mr. Perkins

Does not the Under-Secretary think that the most effective way to help civil aviation would be to take it out of the control of the Air Ministry and hand it over to the energetic control of the Ministry of Transport?