§ 48. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that American and Dutch air lines are operating in the West Indies; what is the nature of the difficulties which, so far, have rendered a British service impracticable; and when consultation with West Indian Governors on the subject will be completed?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead
Yes, Sir. I am aware of the operations of the air lines referred to. A British service would have required a subsidy, which, owing to more urgent claims, could not have been provided from the limited amount available. The question is now being reconsidered. I am not yet in a position to say when consultations with the West Indies Governors will be completed.