Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Civil Aviation

– in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Robert Perkins Sir Robert Perkins , Stroud

asked the Paymaster General what steps have been taken to establish British civil aviation on a firm basis after the war?

Photo of Sir William Jowitt Sir William Jowitt , Ashton-under-Lyne

The Government are fully alive to the important part which civil aviation must play after the war. An inter-departmental committee was appointed in August, 1941, to make recommendations as regards the reconstruction, organisation and development of civil aviation after the war. This committee submitted an interim report in January last raising certain questions which are being considered by His Majesty's Government.

Photo of Sir Robert Perkins Sir Robert Perkins , Stroud

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that it takes approximately four years to produce an engine suitable for civil purposes, and does he not consider that a start should be made now?

Photo of Sir William Jowitt Sir William Jowitt , Ashton-under-Lyne

There is every reason to avoid delay, but the hon. Gentleman will see the implications of this problem. It does not concern only this country.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

In view of the failure of private enterprise to organise—[Interruption.]