HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 c916
55. Mr. Perkins

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that German air-lines operating in Europe operate with a 50 per cent. reserve of petrol; and what petrol reserve is carried by both Imperial Airways, Limited, and British Airways, Limited, machines while flying in Europe?

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)

I am not aware of any official German regulations or operating instructions requiring German air-lines in Europe to carry a 50 per cent. petrol reserve. I understand that the amount of fuel carried is left to the discretion of the pilot in charge who takes into consideration the journey, weather and load. This is also the position with Imperial Airways and British Airways.