HC Deb 31 July 1923 vol 167 cc1245-6
45. Mr. ROSE

asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the Second Report of the Select Committee on Estimates, which charges the Air Ministry with extravagance and lack of financial control and efficient organisation; and what measures, if any, does he contemplate to prevent the extravagance and correct the dis-organisation?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

Yes, Sir. I am aware that these charges have been made, but not how they are substantiated. I have impressed on all my colleagues the need for efficient financial control, but my information does not lead me to suppose that it is right to impute extravagance and dis-organisation to the Air Ministry. I may add that the Air Council have the Report of the Committee under careful consideration.


Does the right hon. Gentleman think that a Ministry which, after careful inquiry by a Select Committee of this House, has been brought under strictures of this character, is a fit and proper authority to meddle with the Royal Navy?

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