§ 38. Mrs. TATE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the largely-increased commitments and responsibilities which the Air Ministry are now faced with, a satisfactory way can be found for the Admiralty to relieve them of their responsibility for the naval air-arm and flying-boat units?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Sir Philip Sassoon)
The answer is in the negative. The existing system represents the considered decisions of successive Governments, after repeated investigations. The fact that this country is again faced with difficult conditions in the air reinforces the arguments against any change in the present unified organisation, which was adopted as the result of practical experience in the late war, 1131 after a variety of other expedients had been tried and failed.
The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Sir Bolton Eyres Monsell)
No naval officer or rating serves with the flying-boat squadrons. They are a responsibility of the Air Ministry, and their com-
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§ position, training and disposition are, therefore, not regulated by the Admiralty.
§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
Is it not necessary that a man flying an aeroplane should be a navigator and know his way about in the sky the same as he does on the sea?