Aerodromes (Construction)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is now in a position to make a further statement regarding the faulty construction of the runways of aerodromes, the names of which he has been given?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

In the case of one of the two aerodromes in question I am satisfied that there was no fault of construction. In the other case, although there is no suggestion of major negligence on the part of the contractor, he has agreed to replace certain bays where there was reason to complain of the quality and finish of the work, but not where the deterioration of the surface was due to frost.

Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

Was the decision to continue the work during inclement weather that of the Air Ministry or of the contractor?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

The decision to continue in spite of the weather was due to operational requirements.