State Help for Gliding


    REPLYING to a question in the House of Commons on June 27, Sir Philip Sassoon, Under-Secretary of State for Air, stated that the Government has reached the conclusion that some measure of financial assistance to the gliding movement from the Air Votes is justified. This will probably take the form of assistance towards the formation and maintenance of a properly organised central gliding school, which is regarded as essential to the sound development of gliding, coupled with a small capitation grant to approved clubs in respect of each certificate taken out by their members. Details are not yet known, but will be worked out in conjunction with the various interests concerned. The proposal is that a sum of not more than £5,000 annually, for a five-year period in the first instance, shall be granted. Sir Philip expressed the hope that now that official recognition is to be accorded to the national importance of gliding, generous financial support will also be forthcoming from private sources in order to ensure the success of the movement.

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    State Help for Gliding. Nature 134, 19 (1934).

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