Helicopter Mail Service, Orkney

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1949.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 2nd March 1949

asked the Postmaster-General if he will consider the possibility of introducing a helicopter service this summer for the delivery of mails from Kirkwall to the islands in Orkney.

Mr. Wilfred Palings:

A service as suggested has already been considered, but since helicopter mail services are still in the experimental stage I regret that the hon. Member's suggestion cannot be adopted.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that a helicopter service was run by the Navy and was a complete success throughout the war, and would it not be better to carry out the experimental work in areas where the greatest good is likely to flow to the largest number of people?

Mr. Paling:

We think we are doing that but, of course, we have to make the helicopter reasonably safe, and we must have great regularity before we can adopt it for helicopter mails.

Photo of Mr Henry Usborne Mr Henry Usborne , Birmingham Acock's Green

How soon is it expected to have a helicopter service in operation?

Mr. Palings:

I cannot say.

Photo of Mr Robert Grimston Mr Robert Grimston , Westbury

Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate if the experiments so far carried out are a success, or are there many troubles developing?

Mr. Paling:

In the main, I think they are a success.