Prime Minister (Air Journey to Munich).

Oral Answers to Questions — Cival Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Sir Robert Perkins Sir Robert Perkins , Stroud

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that when the Prime Minister flew to Munich he was carried in an American-made aeroplane; and whether he can give an assurance that when, in future, any Minister flies to any foreign country in an official capacity, a British-made aeroplane will be available?

Captain Balfour:

As I informed my hon. Friend in a written reply given on Tuesday, 22nd November, the Prime Minister flew to Munich on 29th September in an aircraft belonging to British Airways which was manufactured in America. The selection for any particular charter flight must necessarily depend on what suitable aircraft are available at the time. When the new civil aircraft now under construction have been delivered, I hope that similar demands for charter facilities will be able to be met with British-built equipment.

Captain A. Evans:

Does not my hon. and gallant Friend consider that this question is inconsistent with the supplementary question which was put in the case of the previous question?

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macmillan Mr Malcolm Macmillan , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Will the Prime Minister give a guarantee that he will never again be carried away by foreigners?

Photo of Mr Reginald Fletcher Mr Reginald Fletcher , Nuneaton

Can the Under-Secretary state whether the American Government have yet admitted liability in this matter?