asked the Minister of Aircraft Production why draughtsmen and other skilled workpeople have been employed on one machine changing the structure from the standard York and fitting it up as a luxury air liner; and why is time being spent on it when the original machine could have been fitted with seats like the troop-carrier aeroplanes?
In view of the long journeys by air which those concerned in the higher direction of the war are frequently called upon to undertake, arrangements are now in hand for the provision of more suitably equipped transport aircraft than have hitherto been available. The airplane to which the hon. Member refers is one of several being adapted in the manner considered most appropriate for this purpose.
Could the right hon. and learned Gentleman be more specific and state for whom the luxury air liners are being built, in view of the large amount of man-hours being spent on this particular machine?
I cannot be more specific than I have been in the statement I have already made, that it is for those concerned with the higher direction of the war. They may be quite a number of people.
In view of the baths and all manner of utensils of that kind which are being fitted on the aircraft, and in view of the way that the ordinary men of the Armed Forces have to carry on, can the right hon. and learned Gentleman state for whom the luxury air liners are being built?
Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept the description "luxury air liners"? Are luxury air liners being built for those concerned in the higher direction of the war? Why cannot they manage as ordinary people do?
Does my right hon. and learned Friend, in that facetious reply—which, if I may say so, is quite unusual for him—suggest that the ordinary men travelling in the troop carriers do not wash, and that this ablutionary privilege is left to those concerned in the higher direction of the war? How often do they wash?