HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 cc1048-9
53. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether the manufacture of airframes is keeping step with that of aeroplane engines, or if the manufacture of the one is largely ahead of that of the other; and, if so, what is the relative position?

Sir T. Inskip

Initial difficulties experienced in getting the newer types of air-frames into quantity production enabled aero-engine production to gain a certain lead, which is being maintained.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether his reply does not indicate that there has been a certain lack of co-ordination between the various sections of the aircraft industry?

Sir T. Inskip

I do not think so. A great deal of co-ordination has gone on with a view of increasing the production of aeroplanes.

Mr. Garro Jones

May I ask why the right hon. Gentleman says that the supply of aeroplane engines has gone ahead of the supply of air frames, when, in point of fact, the supply of air frames has fallen behind the supply of air engines?

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