HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 c361
16. Mr. Montague

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the fact that independent aircraft operators have been notified that the bulk of their fleet is to be impressed, he will undertake that, if this occurs, the companies concerned will be given an opportunity of utilising their highly-trained and technical organisations upon the repairing of damaged Service aircraft, thereby enabling them to be in a position to resume their normal activities after the war, and preventing the creation of a monopoly in air transport by the railway companies?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Kingsley Wood)

I see considerable technical difficulties in the hon. Member's suggestion, but I am ready to arrange that any proposals the companies may submit shall be examined.