Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft (International Comparison).

– in the House of Commons on 13th March 1929.

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Photo of Mr Wilfred Wellock Mr Wilfred Wellock , Stourbridge

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asked the Secretary of State for Air the approximate number of commercial, military, and naval aircraft, respectively, possessed by the United States of America, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Japan, and Great Britain, respectively?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

As the answer contains a number of figures in tabular form, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

As regards commercial aircraft, I assume that it is the figures for registered civil aircraft, in contradistinction to Service aircraft, which the hon. Member requires; these are, according to the latest information available, approximately as follow:

United States5,200
Germany750
France540
Italy370
Russia700
Spain22
CzechoslovakiaNot known
Japan65
Great Britain453

I should add that the figure for Russia must be regarded as provisional, since I have no official information in respect of that country. As regards naval and military aircraft, so far as I am aware it is not the practice of any of the countries mentioned to publish details of the stocks which they hold of such aircraft, but the hon. Member will find such official information as is available on the subject in the Armaments Year Book published by the League of Nations.