Air Transport, Berlin (Cost)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can give the total cost to the last convenient date of supplying food and fuel to Berlin by British aircraft; and how many tons of petrol have been used for this purpose.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

The extra cost to the Exchequer up to 31st August of supplying food and fuel to Berlin by British aircraft was approximately £1,000,000. The operations have involved additional petrol consumption up to 16th September of about 9,000 tons.

Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport

Can the Under-Secretary say whether the whole of this amount will be charged to the United Kingdom or whether it will be split between the Western Powers?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I should need notice of that Question.

Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many civil aircraft are now employed in the Berlin airlift; and on what terms they have been chartered.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

The number of civil aircraft under charter for the Berlin airlift on 17th September, 1948, was 23. It is contrary to established practice to divulge the terms of Government contracts or charter parties.

Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport

Can the Under-Secretary say if all these contracts were negotiated on an ordinary commercial basis?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I should need notice of that Question.