Orders of the Day — Airways Corporations Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

The charter companies have done exactly the same as the Corporation on the airlift, and I objected to the way the hon. Gentleman put it over at the time. I do not want to labour the point. I know he resents that the charter companies should even be making a living out of it.

The South Atlantic route, as was said at Question time today, offers great possibilities as a dollar earner, and I hope something will be done to speed up an arrangement whereby that route will be covered by modern aircraft. The Parliamentary Secretary said there was no economic aircraft with which to cover the route today, but if the "Tudor" was thought to be economic would not the "Constellation" be even more economical for that route? I should have thought it would have been a good thing to have put some "Constellations "on that route several months ago, and to have allocated two or three of them to B.S.A.A. to operate, instead of "Tudors."

We now come to the question of whether B.O.A.C. will have a division in the South Atlantic. My information is that the present "Constellations" operated by B.O.A.C. to Australia are operated by the Atlantic division of that Corporation. If that is so, what hope is there of maintaining a separate division for the South Atlantic? That is what disturbs me.