HC Deb 13 March 1929 vol 226 c1120

asked the Secretary of State for Air the approximate number of commercial, military, and naval aircraft, respectively, possessed by the United States of America, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Japan, and Great Britain, respectively?


As the answer contains a number of figures in tabular form, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

As regards commercial aircraft, I assume that it is the figures for registered civil aircraft, in contradistinction to Service aircraft, which the hon. Member requires; these are, according to the latest information available, approximately as follow:

United States 5,200
Germany 750
France 540
Italy 370
Russia 700
Spain 22
Czechoslovakia Not known
Japan 65
Great Britain 453

I should add that the figure for Russia must be regarded as provisional, since I have no official information in respect of that country. As regards naval and military aircraft, so far as I am aware it is not the practice of any of the countries mentioned to publish details of the stocks which they hold of such aircraft, but the hon. Member will find such official information as is available on the subject in the Armaments Year Book published by the League of Nations.