Air Training Elgin (Accidents)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Sir Stanley Reed Sir Stanley Reed , Aylesbury 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what was the number of fatal accidents which occurred at the air training establishment in Elgin in 1948, and in 1949 to the latest available date.

Mr. Dugdale:

I regret that it would be contrary to long-established policy to give the information requested.

Photo of Sir Stanley Reed Sir Stanley Reed , Aylesbury

Will the Parliamentary Secretary look into this matter and at a later stage give an assurance that there is not an undue proportion of fatalities in this training centre, and will he give a further assurance that the number of fatalities that have occurred have not arisen as a result of dual operational control in that area?

Mr. Dugdale:

Yes, I can certainly give that assurance.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider publishing these figures for the whole of the Naval air service in addition to one station?

Mr. Dugdale:

No, I would not. As I have said, it is contrary to established policy to publish them generally and in individual cases.