HC Deb 31 July 1940 vol 363 cc1211-2
8. Mr. Hubert Beaumont

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production whether he has considered the advertisement, a copy of which has been sent to him, inviting overseas buyers to purchase stock of used aeroplanes and stating that there are over 100 aeroplanes from which to choose; and, as it is not desirable in the present emergency to allow aeroplanes to leave this country, and as such aeroplanes could be of service if only for training purposes, will he exercise his powers to prevent any export of either machines or parts of machines?

Colonel Llewellin

Yes, Sir, I have considered the advertisement to which my hon. Friend refers and have also procured a full list of the second-hand aeroplanes advertised therein. No aircraft or aircraft parts can be exported from this country without the authority of the Ministry of Aircraft Production, and I can assure my hon. Friend that permission is not, and will not be, given for the export of any aircraft which can be used to better purposes in this country than in the Dominions and the Colonies. A large number of aeroplanes in this country which are suitable for elementary training purposes have already been impressed.