HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 cc2322-3

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the limited number of aircraft to be maintained in this country for the purpose of repelling aerial invasion, he can state what steps, if any, are being taken by means of experiment and training in the creation of a second line of defence to air attack by means of anti-aircraft guns, searchlights, or any other means?

Lieut. - Colonel GUINNESS

One Regular and two Territorial Air Defence brigades are in course of formation. Training and experiment are dealt with by the School of Anti-Aircraft Defence and the Searchlight Experimental Establishment, both of which are located at Biggin Hill, Kent. The question of anti-aircraft defence is under consideration by a joint War Office and Air Ministry Committee.

Viscount CURZON

Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman think that the money spent on this unit would be much better put into the Air Force?


Does not the hon. Gentleman think that his own Department should come under the control of the Air Ministry?