Aeroplane Production.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 16th November 1938.

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Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of types of military aeroplanes which are now being manufactured in Great Britain; and the number of such types of which mass production is being carried out?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

The number of types, including those for training purposes and for the Fleet Air Arm, at present under construction in Great Britain and being delivered to the Royal Air Force is 23. This excludes new types in various stages of construction for future delivery. Methods appropriate to large scale production are applied so far as is practicable to all types which are required in large numbers.

Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

Can my right hon. Friend say the number of types likely to be produced during the next 12 months and also what percentage of the aeroplanes now being turned out, are looked upon as having been produced on mass production lines?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I would like to communicate with my hon. Friend on the question. I am endeavouring as far as possible to reduce the number of types. I would like my hon. Friend and the House to understand, however, that of that number of 23, some half are types for specialised training and the like.