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asked the Secretary of Stale for Air the amount of money we are spending to extend commercial aviation in this country, and the comparison such expenditure bears to that in Germany and Russia?
The estimated expenditure on civil aviation during the current financial year on the basis of the organisation forecasted when presenting the Estimates in £325,000. In addition, however, services on behalf of civil aviation are rendered by the Department of Supply and Research, the Controllcrate of Communications, and the Meteorological Office. The German Government is giving direct assistance to the air transport industry by the payment of a subsidy of 10 marks per kilometre flown for distances under 300 kilometres, and 11 marks for distances above 300 kilometres. In addition, in 1921, a sum of 10,000,000 marks was devoted to the relief of aircraft constructional companies. The amounts set aside as subsidies for air transport in 1920, 1921 and 1922 are reported to be as follow: