HC Deb 25 April 1939 vol 346 c958
43. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the coastal, landward, and anti-aircraft defences of Gibraltar are now in a complete state of preparedness to resist possible enemy attack?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Every practicable precaution has been taken.

Mr. Bellenger

In view of the statement made by a colleague of the right hon. Gentleman to a similar question recently, are we to understand that the anti-aircraft defences, which were not all that could be desired in the last crisis, are now in a state of complete preparedness?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I do not know to which right hon. Friend the hon. Member is referring, but additional anti-aircraft guns have been sent and the position is satisfactory.

Mr. Wedgwood Benn

Does the right hon. Gentleman remember that when the guns which were placed against Gibraltar were mentioned to him and his colleagues, it was described by them as a mare's nest?

Mr. Ammon

Is it a fact that these additional guns have been found to be uncapable of being used owing to some part being missing?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

No, Sir, that is completely untrue.