HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 c1050
55. Mr. Mathers

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether he is satisfied that the air defence forces in the East of Scotland, especially in the Firth of Forth area, are adequate; and whether he will take steps to reassure public opinion in this regard?

Sir T. Inskip

I would refer the hon. Member to the answers which I gave to him on 2nd February on this subject.

Mr. Mathers

Why is it that the right hon. Gentleman will not deal with this matter and try to give some reassurance to the people in the area, and an indication to Scotland generally, that she is getting a fair deal? Is London the only place which the Government think of defending?

Sir T. Inskip

The hon. Member referred to Turnhouse and Donibristle, and of course they are included in the general defences of the whole country.

Mr. Davidson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Scotland there are only two anti-aircraft units established, and will he say whether one of the two is established in the East of Scotland?

Sir T. Inskip

I do not think the hon. Member is accurate, but if he will put a question down I will try to give him an answer.

Mr. H. G. Williams

May I ask whether all hon. Members for the East of Scotland voted for the Defence Estimates?