Durban — Calcutta

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation why, and when, the flying-boat service from Cairo to the Cape is being suspended; and what service is to be instituted in its place.

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

The hon. Member is no doubt referring to the flying boat service on the "Horseshoe" route between Durban and Calcutta which calls at Cairo. The decision was made at the Southern Africa Air Transport Conference in 1945 that the flying boats, which had then been in service for nine and a half years, would be withdrawn at the end of 1946 and that the service between the United Kingdom and South Africa should be operated by landplanes.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

What action has been taken to safeguard the very important flying boat bases all the way down that route?

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

That is a question which ought not to be addressed to me but to the appropriate Department.