Pembroke Dock (Air Station).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 8th May 1929.

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Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can now make any statement regarding the use of Pembroke Dockyard by the air or naval forces of the Crown?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

It has now been definitely decided that the Air Ministry shall take over Pembroke Dockyard as an Air Station. The development of this as of any other air base must of course be a gradual process, but I understand that the Air Ministry are proceeding with the preliminary arrangements.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South

While this announcement may give some satisfaction to the inhabitants of this town, will the First Lord, in order to avoid any disappointment, make a plain statement as to the extent to which employment is to be provided?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

No, Sir. That is a matter for the Air Ministry, and not for my Department. As I have said, and as my hon. and gallant Friend the Parliamentary Secretary said before, it will take some little time to develop the air base. They are beginning now, and any other questions regarding the rapidity of the progress of the work must be addressed to the Secretary of State for Air and not to me.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South

Are any further steps contemplated by the Government to discharge their duty to the inhabitants of this town? May I have an answer to that question?