HC Deb 02 March 1938 vol 332 c1101
46. Captain Harold Balfour

asked the Prime Minister whether the present Royal Air Force expansion programme, for completion by March, 1939, is still anticipated to provide parity in first-line strength with any European air force within striking distance of our shores by the time of its completion, calculating the basis of definition of first-line the same in all cases; and, if not, whether the Government will consider superimposing an additional expansion programme on to the present one in order to ensure achievement of parity?

The Prime Minister

The Government has recently completed a further comprehensive review of the Defence programmes of the three Services. I propose to deal fully with the whole subject in my speech in the Defence Debate next week, which will, of course, include a statement relative to the strength of the Air Force.