HC Deb 03 July 1940 vol 362 c817
10. Mr. Burke

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied that the wireless apparatus at present fitted in the fighter machines is the best al obtainable?

Captain Balfour

The wireless apparatus referred to by the hon. Member is under constant development and improvement. It is the endeavour at all times to have latest developments incorporated in equipment issued to the Royal Air Force, consistent with the need for continuous production.

Mr. Burke

Is the Minister aware that a certain fighter squadron in action recently complained that the latest issue is less efficient than the wireless apparatus that was taken out?

Captain Balfour

No, Sir; I am not aware of that, and if the hon. Member cares to send me any particulars, I will certainly look into the point.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Has the Minister talked to men who have actually flown in these planes and got their view of whether they could really hear?

Captain Balfour

Yes, Sir, I have actually talked to people who have flown in the planes, and I have actually flown in the planes myself and have been able to form my own opinion.