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CIVIL AVIATION AGREEMENTS
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE
UNITED STATES SENATE
A BILL TO AMEND THE CIVIL AERONAUTICS ACT
FEBRUARY 15, 22, 27, MARCH 1, 7
Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce
Baker, George P., Director, Office of Transport and Communications
Barber, Hartman, legislative representative, Brotherhood of Railway
Borchard, Dr. Edwin, Yale University (letter) -
Byrnes, James F., Secretary of State (letter) -
Fletcher, R. V., vice president, Association of American Railroads_
Grew, Joseph C., Acting Secretary of State (letter) -
Hood, J. M., American Short Line Railroad Association (letter)_
Hornbeck, Donald W., counsel for Brotherhood of Locomotive En-
Miller, Martin H., Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen_
62, 89, 340
Roth, Almon E., president, National Federation of American Ship-
Smith, Harold D., Director, Bureau of the Budget (letter)-
Whitney, A. F., president, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (letter).
CIVIL AVIATION AGREEMENTS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1946
UNITED STATES SENATE,
The committee met at 10:30 a. m., pursuant to call, in the committee room, Capitol, Senator Josiah W. Bailey (chairman) presiding. Present: Senators Bailey (chairman), Bilbo, Pepper, Mead, O'Daniel, McClellan, Magnuson, Knowland, Brewster, Wiley, Cordon, and Gossett.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. We will later take up S. 1814, to amend the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, as amended. There are representatives here from the State Department and representatives of the Civil Aeronautics Board.
I think it will be in order to hear the State Department first, if that is agreeable.
I understand the subject now is the conference at Bermuda and the agreements or arrangements that were proposed there.
STATEMENT OF GEORGE BAKER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Mr. BAKER. I can proceed in any manner you wish. Would you like me to give a general over-all picture of what went on?
The CHAIRMAN. What we want, of course, is a full disclosure of what occurred and what was proposed, so that we will know whether we have any jurisdiction, for one thing. Then, of course, the committee is interested in civil aeronautics and anything that relates to it. I think this is a good opportunity to give full information to the Senate committee and also to the public.
You can just go ahead and tell us about it.
Mr. BAKER. Yes, sir.
Senator BREWSTER. May we have the preliminaries of the Conference and the personnel of the American delegation?
Mr. BAKER. Yes, sir. Following the Chicago Conference a year ago last fall, our Government has been endeavoring to pave the way for American aviation to operate throughout the world by working out satisfactory bilateral transport agreements with the various countries that have the sovereignties of the air over their territory,
This has been accomplished with a good many countries, but had not been accomplished with France and England, where we had previous bilateral arrangements which were wholly inadequate.
The CHAIRMAN. Wouldn't it be a good thing for you to tell us how many countries came in and under what terms with the Chicago proposition?
Mr. BAKER. I wish I had been a little better prepared on just what we were going to take up this morning, but I am afraid I was not. I can get those figures filled in with exactness later.