asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he will now establish air-mail services to India and Australia, with definite hours of posting and approximate dates of delivery.
There is already an air-mail service to India with air conveyance throughout. In the case of Australia, owing to the shortage of aircraft capacity on the through air services, air-mail correspondence other than air letters and half-ounce business letters still has to be sent part of the way by sea. The aircraft employed are primarily engaged on work other than the carriage of mail, air mails being carried within the limits of the aircraft capacity available after military requirements have been met. It is not, I regret, yet possible to fix definite hours of posting or approximate dates of delivery.