Flying Clubs (Subsidies).

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 27th March 1929.

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Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

9.

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether it is now an accepted principle of the policy of his Department that no more subsidies should be granted to flying clubs; and, if not, whether he will consider the claims of Sheffield at an early date?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

It is not so much a question of policy as of unavoidable financial limitation, and I am afraid that the money available for this purpose makes it impossible as I informed my hon. Friend on 13th March, to add to the number of Light Aeroplane Clubs already in receipt of subsidy.

Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

10.

asked the Secretary of State for Air the exact nature of the benefits that will accrue to flying clubs becoming affiliated to National Flying Services, Limited; and whether these benefits will be the same for clubs that already receive the Government subsidy and for those that do not?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

The exact nature of the benefits referred to will depend upon the arrangements which may be made between National Flying Services, Limited, and the flying clubs, and I am not in a position to give any detailed information upon this subject. Speaking generally, however, I understand that it is the intention that affiliated clubs should have the use of all the aerodromes and landing grounds created by the Company and that the recreational facilities and amenities provided at the Company's central club should be avail- able to members of the affiliated clubs. So far as I am aware, the benefits will be the same for all affiliated clubs, whether they have or have not been in receipt of Government subsidy.