Yes, Sir. A twoengined monoplane capable of carrying 12–17 passengers and of cruising at over 200 miles per hour is at present under construction by Messrs. de Havillands, and as far as can be seen at present should be on the market next summer. Further, an outline specification has been prepared in consultation with the operating companies for an all-metal, four-engined monoplane weighing about 40,000 lb. and capable of a cruising speed of 200 miles per hour and of carrying 20 passengers from London—Berlin non-stop. A general specification has also been prepared for a four-engined all-metal landplane weighing 70,000 lb. intended for high speed long range flights. There will be two versions—a low altitude version flying at 10,000 feet and a high altitude version, with a pressure cabin, flying at 25,000 feet at a speed of 275 miles per hour. It is intended to be in production by the summer of 1940 and instructions to proceed have already been placed by the Air Ministry for the production of prototypes of both versions.
In order to make first-hand acquaintance with the latest features of civil aircraft now being developed in America, it has been arranged that the Director of Civil Research and Production should visit the United States of America and Canada in the autumn of this year.
I rise with permission to make a personal explanation. I realise that a supplementary question I put this afternoon is open to serious misunderstanding, and that such misunderstanding was entirely my own fault. I assure the House that in that supplementary question all I had in mind was the general question of the range of military aircraft. I had no other thought, and I hope that you, Mr. Speaker, and the House will accept my apology and my withdrawal of that supplementary question.