HC Deb 26 March 1912 vol 36 cc197-8

asked whether any decision has yet been arrived at with regard to the official title of the new aviation corps; and what arrangements will be made for giving adequate representation at the War Office to the aviation service?

Colonel SEELY

The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the newly constituted aeronautical branch of His Majesty's Forces being styled the Royal Flying Corps, and of the wearing by all members of the corps of a distinguishing badge with the Royal Crown superimposed. Similarly, the Army Aircraft Factory, which will now be available for the whole aeronautical service, will in future be designated the Royal Aircraft Factory. His Majesty has granted this privilege in consideration of the specially difficult and arduous nature of the flying service. In reply to the second part of the question, the Army Council have approved of the formation of a standing committee to co-ordinate action in dealing with questions that arise in connection with, the corps. The committee will sit under the Chairmanship of Brigadier-General D. Henderson, whose services have been lent temporarily by the Inspector-General of the Home Forties.