Oral Answers to Questions — Secretary of State for Air.

– in the House of Commons on 22nd June 1922.

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Mr. L. MALONE:

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present and increasing importance of the Air Force, His Majesty's Government will consider raising the status of the Secretary of State for Air to the same as that held by the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Secretary of State for War?

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

I am not prepared to propose an increase in the salary attached to any post in the Government at the present time, nor do I think it expedient to add to the numbers of the Cabinet.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

This does not necessarily depend upon the amount paid to the Minister. Is the Prime Minister aware that the Secretary for Scotland does more work than any other Minister in the Cabinet?

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

That is the only difference of which I know.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

In view of the importance of the Air Service, should it not receive recognition in this respect equal with the other two arms of the Service?

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

If you take the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Secretary of State for War out of the Cabinet that would put them all upon an equal basis?