Service (Scandinavia).

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 6th May 1936.

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Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air why the White Paper containing detailed proposals in connection with the air services to Scandinavia cannot be made available to Members of this House before the Financial Resolution in connection with the Air Navigation Bill is considered in Committee?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

The projected agreement for a Scandinavian service will be covered by the terms of the Air Transport (Subsidies) Act, 1930, and is in no way dependent on the pass-mg of the Air Navigation Bill now before the House. The proposals are at present m process of being put into legal form by the competent Department, and will then require discussion with the legal advisers of the company. So long as there is a possibility of material modifications which might affect the terms of the White Paper, the latter obviously cannot be laid.

Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

Are we to understand from that answer that this agreement is not yet legally binding, and that either the Government or the company could withdraw from it without penalty at the present time?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

The agreement has not yet been signed, and before it is signed a White Paper will be put before the House.

Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

Is it legally binding?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

It has not been signed.