Air Defences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 4th July 1922.

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

48.

asked the Prime Minister if he is now in a position to reply to the letter of the 2nd June from the Parliamentary Air Committee?

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

49.

asked the Prime Minister if he can now say what definite steps His Majesty's Government propose to take in order to safeguard our air position and to secure the adequate and equal consideration of the needs of all three Services'?

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

Will the right hon. Gentleman say when we may expect a statement on this matter, in regard to which we have been put off a great many times? Realising the importance of this matter, is it not about time that something was told to the House of Commons on a matter in regard to which our national safety is really in jeopardy?

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

If my right hon. Friend will put a further question down on Thursday, I shall be in a better position to give an answer.

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

Will the right hon. Gentleman be willing to receive a deputation from the Parliamentary Air Committee, who have given much consideration to this matter in order that we may place our views before him?

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

Certainly, I will. I think it would be very helpful to have a deputation of that kind. Perhaps my hon. Friend will communicate with me as to the time.