§ 52. Mr. THURTLE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what number of bombing aeroplanes it is proposed to maintain at the Worthy Down aerodrome; what is the bomb-carrying capacity of these aeroplanes; and are these bombing aeroplanes intended for offensive or defensive action?
§ Mr. LEACH
The answer to the first part of the question is that the number and type of machines to be maintained at Worthy Down are not yet decided. The second and third parts of the question therefore do not arise, but it can be assumed that the functions of any squadrons maintained at that aerodrome will be determined entirely by the necessities of the air defence of this country.
§ Major the Marquess of TITCHFIELD
Is the hon. Gentleman aware of Napoleon's maxim that the best defence is offence?