Air Power.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 22nd June 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

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asked the Prime Minister whether he has received a letter, dated the 2nd June, from the Parliamentary Air Committee; and what action the Government proposes to take in regard to the air position?

Photo of Major-General John Seely Major-General John Seely , Ilkeston

41.

asked the Prime Minister if he will take steps to ensure that our safety in the air shall receive full consideration relatively to our other defensive services?

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

42.

asked the Prime Minister whether the Committee of Im- perial Defence has considered the adequacy or otherwise of the provision for the air defence of the country; if so, what is their decision; whether the same Committee has considered the adequacy or otherwise of the arrangement made and the provision for aircraft working with the Royal Navy; and, if so, whether the Dominions were represented at such deliberations and if they concur in the conclusion reached?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

Yes, Sir. I have received the letter in question. Long before this letter was written the attention of the Government had been directed to all the questions of aerial defence and development to which it refers, and a special sub-committee of the. Committee of Imperial Defence had been appointed to consider and report upon the general question which is now before the Committee of Imperial Defence. The arrangements for aircraft working with the Royal Navy is being considered by a separate committee.

Sir W. JOYNSON.HICKS:

Having regard to the very great importance which I know my right hon. Friend attaches to this question, may I ask whether there is any possibility of him being able to make a statement in the approximately near future?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The letter, I agree, contains some very impressive passages, and the Committee are examining the whole problem very closely. I think it would be a great mistake to be in a hurry to insist upon a report, because there are a good many considerations which must be taken into account.