asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that all aircraft taking part in naval operations do not at present belong to the Fleet Air Arm nor come under direct Admiralty control, the pilots of such Royal Air Force machines as may have to take part in those operations are given special training in naval strategy and tactics?
Does not my right hon. Friend consider that, in view of the specialised nature of the work which these pilots have to do, it would be better that the shore-based aircraft employed should be under the direction of the Admiralty?
The point raised by my hon. and gallant Friend is with regard to those aircraft taking part in naval operations. There are specialised aircraft and specially trained pilots to take part in naval operations, but there may be occasions when other aircraft have to be employed.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that divided controls of ships and land-based aircraft conducting operations of war have been, are now and must continue to be a grave handicap to efficiency?