HC Deb 01 December 1937 vol 329 cc2061-2
52. Mr. Garro Jones

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he can make a statement indicative of the present front-line strength of the Royal Air Force; and, in particular, whether the rate of delivery of light and heavy bombers, and their formation into units, is proceeding at a more rapid rate than heretofore?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

As regards the first part of the question, there are at present 123 squadrons in the Metropolitan Air Force and 26 squadrons overseas, in addition to the equivalent of 20 squadrons in the Fleet Air Arm. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative.

Mr. Simmonds

Are these 123 squadrons all at full strength, both as to pilots and machines?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

; No, they are not.

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