Oral Answers to Questions — Land-Borne Torpedo-Carrying Aircraft.

– in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now satisfied with the use and number of land-borne torpedo-carrying aeroplanes, especially in home waters?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I would hesitate to express complete satisfaction with the scale of our equipment or the use we make of it in any branch of the Fighting Services, but I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that no effort is being spared to develop the production of these aircraft and to improve their tactical employment. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister would like to have more if that could be achieved without detriment to other interests.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Are the land-borne torpedo-carrying planes operated by the Fleet Air Arm, and are they the property of the Fleet Air Arm, or are they under the Royal Air Force?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I should like to see that question on the Paper.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

When will the Fleet Air Arm be granted the same freedom of action and of expansion as the Royal Naval Air Service enjoyed during the last war?

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Are the torpedoes carried by these planes provided, looked after and tested by Admiralty personnel?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will put that question to the First Lord of the Admiralty.