Results 1–20 of 70 for speaker:Mr Rupert Brabner

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Perhaps I might be allowed to interrupt the hon. Member here. What my right hon. Friend did say was that these attacks on sites in Holland would not be effective, not that we had any particular tenderness. Although the Dutch are our Allies, there was no question of our not doing things to those sites that we should do, when the people of London were being injured. We were doing everything we...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I would like to take up straight away the point which has been raised by my Noble Friend the Member for Horsham and Worthing (Earl Winterton), and to say that my right hon. Friend and I are doing our very utmost to deal satisfactorily with the problem he has put forward. I will admit to failings in experience, owing to lack of years, but I want to say that although personal reminiscences are...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I admit that it was extraordinarily dull. I feel that nothing could infuse any life into it, but I accept full responsibility for it, and I did my very best to give the A.T.C. some hope that they were being looked after. We will try to give them more flying and increased gliding. We do not want them to do endless parades and desk work and then have to go into the Army.

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Perhaps that was an over-frank statement on my part. We shall have something to say and I am only asking hon. Members to be patient for the moment and we will let them have a statement on these matters as soon as we have something worth saying. As far as civil aviation is concerned, having taken some part as a back bencher in the agitation to get the affairs of civil aviation taken away from...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I must ask the hon. Member where he obtained his information, because all I am saying is fact as we know it in the Ministry. If he will tell me where he has got his information from I shall be glad to look into it.

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: The hon. Member for the Eye Division (Mr. Granville) raised points about agriculture and the single observer's wing. Here again, our aerodrome policy, as was announced recently, must have relation to the size of the post-war Air Force, and we are in no position to make a statement about that because we have not only this war but the war against the Japanese on our hands and we cannot tell how...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: My hon. and gallant Friend raised the point on the Adjournment some weeks ago, and I promised to look into it again. I am convinced, on the facts as I know them, that these pilot's wings are an integral part of the Royal Air Force uniform. If they were not so 25 years ago, I cannot be held responsible for it but they are not to-day regarded as anything but part of the Royal Air Force uniform.

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I am afraid that that is where my hon. and gallant Friend and I must agree to disagree, because it is a fact that these pilot's wings are a part of the uniform and are a qualification. They are in no sense a decoration. They are a badge of efficiency. I am afraid that is all I can say about it except that, if we go any further, the difficulty about limiting the concession is very nearly...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I am afraid I am not quite certain of the answer to that. Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will communicate with me and I will give him a firm answer. The hon. Member for Londonderry (Sir R. Ross) raised the question of decorations for Battle of Britain pilots. The whole matter of war medals is under consideration. It is a matter in which the Prime Minister takes the very closest interest...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Whichever way it is, my hon. Friend is in communication with me on the subject and I hope he will allow me to give him a reply as soon as I have one ready. I certainly have not got one at the moment. The hon. Member for Southampton (Dr. Russell Thomas) made a plea for his constituency also to be considered as a site for an aerodrome, and I shall send that on to the proper place. It is still...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: We would not claim that air supremacy and superiority could immobilise an Army. All we claim is that it is having an immobilising effect, and the only occasion when a reasonable reaction of the Germans was possible was when air power was neutralised by the weather in the Ardennes in the early part of this year. May I, in support of the effect of our bombing policy, say that even in the...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman's information is not as recent as the information I have here. It has been a very stimulating and encouraging piece of news for Bomber Command to know that their bombing has been so accurate. May I say a word about accuracy? I speak with some fervour about this, because this concern about pilots' accuracy is something I feel very personally as there are...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Hon. Members must be reasonable in this matter. To fly at 18,000 feet and attempt to pick out a non-continuous chain of barges would be very difficult. When I speak of accuracy of Bomber Command, I mean accuracy in, for instance, continually destroying the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the operations against the. Mittelland Canal. It is only fair that the House should give its confidence to the...

Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1945: Air Services Supplementary Estimate, 1944 (15 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Most of our scientific efforts of the last two years have been directed to an attempt to destroy the black-out. We have invented such flares, lights, markers and so on as to overcome the black-out. That is partly why the bombing is accurate. We have lit the places in the way we wanted them lit and have overcome the German blackout. I have, I am afraid, in rather an unconnected way, answered...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Gibraltar (Colonial Allowance) (14 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Colonial allowance is paid to officers, warrant officers, and flight sergeants serving ashore at Gibraltar. It is not paid to airmen below the rank of flight sergeant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Gibraltar (Colonial Allowance) (14 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: No, Sir, I do not think that is possible. The allowances are paid to compensate those ranks who, by serving abroad, are at most disadvantage in obtaining facilities not supplied at the public expense, things like laundry and so on, and I am bound to say that the allowances are of a very modest nature indeed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: W.A.A.F. (Parachute Landinģs) (14 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: I sympathise with the desire of my hon. and gallant Friend to obtain recognition for members of the W.A.A.F. who have taken part in hazardous operations of this kind. At present, however, the disclosure of names would be open to objection on security grounds as it would tend to jeopardise the safety of patriots who took part in the operations and are now in enemy hands. There are also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: W.A.A.F. (Parachute Landinģs) (14 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman might ask that question of the Russian Government, but I can assure him that we will give out the names as soon as security allows us to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force: Overseas Service (Leave) (14 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: The length of disembarkation leave for Royal Air Force personnel depends upon the period of continuous service abroad. Men who have served abroad for four years or more receive 28 days' leave. Those who have served for two years or more but less than four years receive 21 days. There are bound to be border-line cases but I am not aware that the rules have given rise to any general...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Air Estimates, 1945 (6 Mar 1945)

Mr Rupert Brabner: May I say that my right hon. Friend has just been called to the telephone; otherwise he would still be here.


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