HC Deb 06 March 1940 vol 358 cc364-5
23. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can make any statement with regard to the missing Imperial Airways liner "Hannibal"?

Sir K. Wood

I regret that I am not able to add to the reports which have appeared in the Press to-day about this unfortunate accident. Arrangements are being made for an official investigation. No survivors have been found, and I am sure the House will wish to express its sympathy with the relatives of those on board the plane.

Mr. Simmonds

Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that all diligence is being exercised in an endeavour to find the wreckage?

Sir K. Wood

Yes, Sir, I am sure that that is being done.

Mr. Leach

Does this mean that the right hon. Gentleman has given up hope?

Sir K. Wood

I am afraid that things do not look very hopeful.