Hendon Pageant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Mr. L'ESTRANGE MALONE:

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will take steps to see that in future air pageants of the Royal Air Force, such as that recently held at Hendon, bombing displays will not be carried out against imitation Arab villages or representations of any other townships particularly peculiar to our friendly races?

Captain GUEST:

I fear my hon. Friend is misinformed regarding the architectural features of the village to which he refers. The desert stronghold at Hendon was not intended to represent an Arab village, being, in fact, designed in a style assignable to no particular country or age, and I therefore see no reason for taking any steps in the matter. A more correct view than that taken by my hon. Friend is expressed in a well-known weekly journal, where, in describing the village, it is observed that the internationalism of its architectural style suggested Bolshevism in the architect's profession.