48. Captain BALFOUR
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the number of first-line land and marine 555 aircraft delivered to the Royal Air Force during the first three months of 1936; and how this total compares with the number expected according to promised delivery dates by contractors given last year to the Air Ministry for this period?
Are the Air Ministry satisfied with the present delivery of aircraft for the first period of the expansion programme?
§ Sir P. SASSOON
Having regard to the obvious difficulties which have been encountered in the rapid expansion of the Air Force at very short notice and on such a very large scale, the situation can be regarded as generally satisfactory.
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
Can the right hon. Gentleman say what public interest would be imperilled by information on this subject?