HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 cc1887-8
46. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether, in his plans for the defence of the country, the Fleet Air Arm is taken into account, or whether its primary duty is to protect the Fleet wherever it may be?

Sir T. Inskip

I cannot accept the suggestion that the primary duty of the Fleet Air Arm is the protection of the Fleet. Each of the three Defence Services has its appropriate role in the defence of the country. As I indicated in the course of the Debate on Monday, the Fleet Air Arm is an integral part of His Majesty's Navy and has its proper share in the duties which fall upon that Service, including the defence of British trade.

Colonel Wedgwood

The Fleet Air Arm, I take it, is not included in the 124 squadrons which we have arranged for the defence of the country?

Sir T. Inskip

The Fleet Air Arm is not included in what is generally called the "Metropolitan First-Line Strength."

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