HC Deb 06 July 1938 vol 338 cc380-1
61. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Secretary of State for Air what flights will be made this year by British aircraft across the Atlantic?

Captain Balfour

As I informed my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for the Isle of Wight (Captain P. Macdonald) on 22nd June last it is hoped to carry out experimental trans-Atlantic flights in both directions with the Mayo composite aircraft, with flying boats and with land-planes during the course of the year. The extent and details of the programme are under active consideration with Imperial Airways.

Mr. Simmonds

Can the Under-Secretary say, provided these experimental flights are satisfactory, when it is intended that a permanent service shall be inaugurated?

Captain Balfour

That is a hypothetical question depending upon the degree of success of the experimental services.

Mr. Mender

Will the Under-Secretary give an assurance that he will not allow any other country to get in front of this country?