British Airways.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied that there remains in the British Airways services a sufficient number of experienced navigators to maintain these services in safety?

Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that he has said that these services, which are of national importance, will be maintained, and will he therefore see that the temptation to take these navigators for wholly military duties is very carefully watched?

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

In view of the changes in civil aviation in this country, particularly as regards the European and overseas services, will the right hon. Gentleman see that skilled long-distance navigators are given every opportunity to volunteer for the work of ferrying bombers from America to this country?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Certainly, we shall make the greatest possible use of skilled and experienced navigators for ferrying machines across the Atlantic. As regards the Supplementary Question of my hon. Friend the Member for Duddeston (Mr. Simmonds), as I said before, we intend to maintain the existing civil services, but my hon. Friend must bear in mind the urgent requirements of the war. We, at any rate, have to bear them in mind.

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Can the right ho Gentleman say whether British Airways have in operation a training scheme for navigators?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I think the hon. Member might put that Question down.