HC Deb 12 December 1945 vol 417 cc583-4W
Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production how much the crash of the Handley Page Hermes aircraft will delay the production and delivery of large aircraft suitable for British air lines.

Mr. Woodburn

I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my sympathy—and I am sure that of the House also— with the relatives and colleagues of the two men who lost their lives in this accident. While some delay in the development of the Hermes aircraft is inevitable, its full extent cannot be known until it is seen whether the accident investigation necessitates changes in design. There are, how ever, four other types of aircraft suitable for British air lines either already in production or coming into production early in the New Year.