Oral Answers to Questions — Air Services.

– in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what progress has been made in establishing a regular air-mail line between Cairo and the Cape of Good Hope, and in extending the Indian air-mail route to Singapore and Australia?

Photo of Mr Frederick Montague Mr Frederick Montague , Islington West

As regards the air service to the Cape, the proposals have now been agreed in principle with the various Governments concerned, and a survey party, consisting of representatives of Imperial Airways, Limited, and an Air Ministry official, have left this country for Cape Town for the purpose of visiting the countries on the route and settling details of ground organisation in consultation with local officials. As regards the England-India air service, proposals for its early extension from Karachi to Calcutta are now under consideration by the Government of India, and estimates for the further extension of the service to Singapore and Australia are being examined.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Is it the hope that we shall get this service to the Cape in operation by next summer?

Photo of Mr Frederick Montague Mr Frederick Montague , Islington West

The service half way from Alexandria will be in operation by June of 1930, and the rest within six months of that date, or the very latest by 1st April, 1931.

Mr. MACLEAN:

Is not the proper designation of the Air Mail line referred to by the Minister as England-India, the British India line?