Berlin Air-Lift

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs now that the Berlin air-lift has ended, to state the total cost of goods and transport and the proportion borne by the British taxpayer.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

I am unable to state the total cost of the goods supplied to Berlin during the blockade; these were obtained from the Western zones without extra expense to the British taxpayer. The total extra cost of the air-lift to the British Exchequer was approximately £10 ¼ million. I have no information about United States expenditure on the air-lift, but the United States Air Force carried about 77 per cent. of the total load flown into Berlin.