asked the Secretary of State for Air whether his Department pay or allow any subsidies to any commercial aviation companies; if so, will he state to how many of such companies they are paid, what the amounts are, and if any and what conditions are imposed as a condition of payment; if any time limit is imposed; and, if so, for how long?
From the 1st April three companies will be subsidised on this route under new conditions. Briefly summarised, these conditions are as follows:?—
In regard to the third and fourth parts of this question, the arrangements in respect of the 25 per cent. subsidy and the provision of machines on the hire purchase basis hold good until 31st March, 1924. The provision of any additional grant under paragraph (3) above after 28th February, 1923, will be a matter for consideration prior to that date. I would add that tenders are now under consideration for the operation of the London-Brussels route by one company with the assistance of a subsidy.