§ Sir S. HOARE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air for approximate figures for the percentage of increase or decrease in the 1931 Air Estimates, including civil aviation, as compared with those for 1925 and 1930, respectively, in Great Britain, the United States of America, France, and Italy?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
The approximate percentages of increase or decrease are as shown below:
— Estimates for 1931— As compared with 1925. As compared with 1930. Per cent. Per cent. Great Britain … -1 + 1 U.S.A … + 150 to 160 + 4 France … + 130 to 140 + 11 Italy … + 40 + 5
The figures for Great Britain are based on gross Estimates, which afford a more accurate basis of comparison than net Estimates. The percentages should be regarded as approximations only, and in the case of the other countries specified it should be borne in mind that in some cases Estimates have not yet been finally approved, and are subject to variation upwards or downwards, which would affect the percentage calculation.