HC Deb 24 February 1943 vol 387 cc149-50
18. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the possibilities of civil aviation after the war, His Majesty's Government have opened up negotiations with any Power, particularly the United States of America, with a view of arriving at agreements in relation to the freedom of the air and landing ports, in order to avoid convicts between the interests involved?

Mr. Eden

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Duddeston (Mr. Simmonds) on 17th February.

Mr. Davies

Is the right hon. Gentleman taking note of the Debates that took place recently in Washington on this very important subject, and may we take it that in civil aviation Great Britain will not be left out in the cold?

Mr. Eden

I strive to take note of all Debates abroad and at home.

49. Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter

asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he is yet in a position to make a statement with regard to the recommendation of the Joint Air Transport Committee that there should be a Standing Committee of both Houses of Parliament to consider the immediate and distant future of British air transport?

The Minister without Portfolio (Sir William Jowitt)

As the House is already aware, the whole problem of the future of civil aviation is under active examination by the Government. In present circumstances it is not considered that the appointment of a Standing Committee as suggested would be appropriate.

Mr. Granville

When are the Government likely to make a report to the House on civil aviation?

Sir W. Jowitt

I am unable to give a date.

Mr. Granville

Will it be in the near future?

Sir W. Jowitt

I hope so.