HC Deb 24 February 1920 vol 125 cc1459-60
10. Viscount CURZON

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the establishment motor vehicles for the use of the Army and Royal Air Force for peace purposes have yet been laid down; if so, can the number be stated; and what is the number of motor vehicles and motor cycles now in use by the Army and Royal Air Force in Great Britain, in France, and in the occupied area?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Churchill)

The number of mechanical transport vehicles for peace establishments of the Army has not yet been finally laid down, but it has been decided to retain 6,855 four-wheeled and 1,516 two-wheeled mechanical transport vehicles in all theatres (except India) during 1920–21. There are in all theatres (except India) 16,421 four-wheeled and 6,562 two-wheeled vehicles still borne on War Department charge, but it is impossible to state the actual number in use in the various theatres.

As regards the Air Force, the peace establishment of mechanical transport vehicles will be approximately 1,176 four-wheeled vehicles and 348 motor-cycles. The approximate numbers in use in the countries mentioned are:

Four-wheeled vehicles. Motor-cycles.
Home 2,058 1,037
France 150 38
Germany 40 12