HC Deb 17 June 1931 vol 253 cc1731-2
33. Captain BALFOUR

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if the home defence force of the Royal Air Force are to carry out day and night operational exercises during the summer; and, if so, whether he will arrange for Members who so desire to have an opportunity of visiting Royal Air Force stations in order to view the practical methods of home defence by the Royal Air Force units?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, my Noble Friend regrets that it would not be practicable, without seriously interfering with the exercises, to extend a general invitation to Members of this House as suggested by the hon. and gallant Member to visit Royal Air Force stations while the exercises are in progress.


If it turns out that only a very limited number of Members are interested, will the hon. Member reconsider the question of visits?


I will consider any applications, of course. As far as a general invitation is concerned, I must refer the hon. Member to what I have already said.

Commander SOUTHBY

They are Liberals—preferential treatment!