HC Deb 13 February 1946 vol 419 cc120-1W
Mr. Ward

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, whether the five Constellations ordered from U.S.A. are new aircraft, or aircraft surrendered by the U.S. Air Transport Command.

Mr. Ivor Thomas

These aircraft are new.

Wing-Commander R. Robinson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minis try of Civil Aviation whether, in view of the proposed purchase of five Constellation aircraft from U.S.A., arrangements have now been made for British crews to be trained in the use of the Constellation at the Lockheed works in U.S.A.

Mr. Ivor Thomas

Yes, Sir. I am in formed that in accordance with normal practice arrangements have now been made by the British Overseas Airways Corporation with Lock heeds for the crews, who already have route experience on the North Atlantic, to acquire experience in the flying of Constellations.

Mr. Lipson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount in dollars is required for the purchase of five Constellations for B.O.A.C.; and is he proposing to reconsider using our dollar reserves for this purpose in view of the urgent need to import dried eggs and other foods.

Mr. Dalton

I would ask the hon. Member to await the forthcoming Debate.