§ Mr. ATKINSON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how much money was paid to National Flying Services, Ltd., in respect of grants dependent upon the providing and maintaining of aerodromes and landing grounds up to 30th September last; and whether it is the intention of the Air Ministry to make any, and what, advances on account of unearned grants?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
The agreement with National Flying Services, Ltd., does not provide for direct grants in respect of the provision and maintenance of aerodromes. It provides for grants in respect of club members who qualify for pilots' licences, but any such grants after the first three years are subject to the condition that a stipulated number of aerodromes and landing grounds must have been provided within that period. The total amount paid to National Flying Services, Ltd., up to 30th September last was £2,770, of which sum £2,500 represents an advance at interest made on 31st July in anticipation of future grants to be earned under the agreement. Claims for grants amounting to about £1,100 have since been put forward by the company. No further advances are in contemplation.