HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 c2045
16. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Secretary of State for Air the percentage to completion of the three "G"-class civil flying boats; whether their construction is actively proceeding; and by what date each boat will be completed?

Captain Balfour

The flying boats referred to by my hon. Friend have been completed. One was slightly damaged recently and is being repaired, and another has been returned to the makers for modifications to the crew's quarters. Certificate of airworthiness trials are to be commenced immediately on the third boat and will, given reasonable weather conditions, take some three to four weeks. Extensive flying trials will, however, be necessary before the boats can be put into service.

Mr. Simmonds

Can my hon. and gallant Friend say whether it is his firm hope that these boats may be used on Transatlantic services this year?

Captain Balfour

It is our hope, if present Transatlantic plans materialise, that all three boats may be used for Transatlantic services, but, of course, that depends on technical problems and also on the development of the war and war needs.