asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can give any information in connection with four schoolboys who entered a North-Western airfield, on Sunday, 4th January, and interfered with six aeroplanes; whether it is the same aerodrome from which escaped German prisoners stole an aeroplane some weeks ago; and what action he intends taking about the matter?
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the aerodrome from which two boys recently stole parts of the machinery from aircraft, is the same as that from which two German prisoners recently took a machine in an attempt to escape; and what is the reason for such apparent carelessness in safeguarding Royal Air Force machines?
Will the right hon. Gentleman at least tell the House whether it is the view of the Air Ministry that it is not possible to prevent what have been described as snoopers and school boys from entering these aerodromes? If he cannot prevent snoopers and school boys from doing so how is it possible to prevent other people from doing so?
This took place the day before the German prisoners escaped. These boys were, in fact, observed, but so large was the aerodrome that they were able to do a certain amount of damage before being approached. They then got away, but were apprehended afterwards. Some of our bomber aerodromes are twice the size of Hyde Park, and it is impossible to prevent an occasional snooper from getting into so large an area. But, as regards sabotage, there has not been a single case since the war began. Sabotage can be done on a dangerous scale only by a considerable organisation, and we have our own methods of preventing it.