§ Sir P. RICHARDSON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the unpunctuality of the air mail to East Africa; and whether he will propose to Imperial Airways, in view of the subsidy they receive, that they should place more machines on the route so as to provide against the mishaps which have occurred during the initial stages of this service?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
I am aware that some of the flights have not maintained their schedule time. This has, I understand, been due to unexpected technical troubles, from which no pioneer service can be exempt. Further, the company has been seriously handicapped through delays, for which they are in no way responsible, in the delivery of additional aircraft, but from inquiries which I have made I understand that these temporary difficulties will shortly be overcome.