HC Deb 11 November 1930 vol 244 c1464
45. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now appoint a public inquiry, such as was held in the United States of America under the chairmanship of Mr. Dwight Morrow, into the whole question of the Air Force, its military and civil associations, and how our present system compares with the systems in America and Japan, where civil flying is under separate control and military flying is part of the Navy and Army, respectively?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

The answer is in the negative. His Majesty's Government have no intention of departing from the policy of successive Governments with regard to a separate air arm and Air Ministry or as regards the control of civil aviation. In reply to the second part of the question, it is the fact that in America and Japan air administration is divided between three separate departments. On the other hand, France and Italy, with the two largest air forces in the world, have adopted the British system.