HC Deb 07 June 1944 vol 400 c1327
20. Mr. Wakefield

asked the Secretary of State for Air if the same facilities will be given to potential operators of postwar air transport services to obtain personnel and aircraft as and when they become available after the cessation of hostilities as are afforded to British Overseas Airways Corporation.

Sir A. Sinclair

When the war is over, our resources in aircraft will be allocated in the way best fitted to promote -the interests of the country. No shortage of men and women seeking employment in air transport services is anticipated.

Mr. Granville

Does that answer mean that independent operators will be free to purchase American aircraft the same as British Overseas Airways Corporation?

Sir A. Sinclair

I can see no reason why independent operators, in times of peace, should not be able to purchase American aircraft.

Mr. Wakefield

Does that mean that there is to be no monopoly for the British Overseas Airways Corporation having personnel and aircraft, over other operators?

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir. It means nothing of the kind.