HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 cc1883-4
42. Mr. Mander

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by the searchlight and artillery units of the Territorial Forces in obtaining co-operation from the Royal Air Force in the provision of aircraft as targets for training purposes; that these units have in some cases to rely on civilian aircraft companies for the purpose at extra cost; and whether he will take steps to bring about more effective co-operation?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I am not aware that there has been any failure on the part of the Air Ministry to provide adequate aircraft for the training of the units referred to. By agreement with the War Office the necessary co-operation is provided partly by Royal Air Force and partly by civil aircraft, an arrangement which provides effective co-operation on an economical basis, and relieves Royal Air Force units of routine flying which would be of comparatively small training value. The cost of hiring the civil aircraft is met by the Air Ministry.

Mr. Mander

If I bring to the attention of the hon. and gallant Gentleman some cases where lack of co-operation is taking place, will he go into the matter with a view to putting it right?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

I will certainly go into it.

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