Air Services (Speed).

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 7th November 1934.

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

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether it is possible to provide faster air services without adding to the cost of transit; and, if not, what steps he proposes to take in connection with future development in order to hold the balance between those who are anxious to have lower rates and those who demand higher speed?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

My hon. Friend's question raises issues which are too complex to be dealt with within the limits of a Parliamentary reply. I can only say that proposals for accelerating our imperial air services without a disproportionate increase in cost have been under consideration for some time past, though I am riot yet in a position to make any detailed statement.

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

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, when this matter is under consideration by the Post Office, he will remember that there may be a greater demand for a lower tariff than for a somewhat higher speed?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

I hope that our programme will satisfy both those desiderata.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House when the new programme may be disclosed?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

I hope in about a month or two.

Photo of Mrs Mavis Tate Mrs Mavis Tate , Willesden West

Can we have the assurance of the right hon. Gentleman that the question of aerodynamics will be taken into consideration in regard to speed; is he aware that in the Curtiss-Wright Condor, if the retractable under-carriage is left down the speed is lowered by 30 miles an hour, and that in the streamlined Vultee the removal of the 2 feet 6 inch streamlined radio mast increased the speed by seven miles an hour; and does this not prove that speed may be increased by better aerodynamical design, in which case it is economical?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

All those important questions will, of course, be taken into account.

Photo of Mr Roland Robinson Mr Roland Robinson , Widnes

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air, whether he has any information to give the House as to the relative speed and efficiency of British and Dutch commercial aircraft operating commercial air services to India and the East?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

Dealing simply with the existing position, the cruising speeds of the British aircraft at present used on the service from England to Singapore range from 105 miles per hour to 120 miles per hour. The cruising speeds of the Dutch aircraft range from 107 to 119 miles per hour. Both services reach a very high standard in regularity of operation.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Can the right hon. Gentleman do something to speed up aeroplanes on the first part of the journey between London and Paris, which is the most frequently used and is the slowest of the lot?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

I think our new programme will contain all that.