HC Deb 08 May 1935 vol 301 c964
32 and 33. Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

asked the Prime Minister (1) what is the method of co-ordinating the organisation of the defence services, having in view the fact that the ships are controlled by the Admiralty, the forts by the War Office, aircraft by the Navy over the sea and by the Air Ministry over the land, flying-boats by the Air Ministry, antiaircraft defence by the Admiralty on the sea and War Office on the land;

(2) how the requirements of the Admiralty, War Office, and Air Ministry, in men, money, and equipment are examined, having in view the interdependence and collective responsibility of each Ministry in questions of defence?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

The system of co-ordination of the defence services was described in some detail by the Lord President of the Council in the course of the Debate of 21st March, 1934, to which I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend. I need hardly say that it is impossible to deal with a subject of this scope by means of question and answer.

Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether it will be possible to deal with all these questions in Thursday's Debate?


That depends upon the Committee, and not upon me.