HC Deb 28 April 1938 vol 335 cc305-6
63. Mr. McEntee

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that in Russia aeroplanes of wood construction are being manufactured with complete success; that Italy has built many quite satisfactory aeroplanes of mixed wood and metal construction; that there are many highly skilled woodworkers with experience in aeroplane manufacture available in the United Kingdom; and whether he proposes to use these men's labour to manufacture all wood, or mixed wood and metal, aeroplanes?

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)

I am aware of the materials being used for the structures of aircraft which are built in other countries. The practice in this country has been to build training types with structures consisting mainly of wood, so as to make use of the woodworking trades, and my Noble Friend is taking

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