HC Deb 19 March 1925 vol 181 cc2474-5
74. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Air what air defences will be necessary for the protection of the proposed new Singapore base; what will be their cost; and when the necessary work will be commenced?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Major Sir Philip Sassoon)

The question is under consideration, but some time must elapse before any decisions are-reached.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it not a fact that there are no air defences at all at Singapore at the present moment, and that we are embarking upon the construction of a great naval base there? How is that?

Captain BRASS

Is it not a fact that the Fleet Air Arm is perfectly capable of looking after the defences of Singapore?


My answer is that the whole matter is under consideration and that no decisions have yet been reached. I presume that they will be reached with all the speed that is consonant with all the necessary care being taken.


Are there air defences in existence there, or not?

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