HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 c646
48. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Prime Minister which Department of State is responsible for the destruction of aerodromes in British hands which it might be decided to evacuate in the face of enemy pressure?

The Prime Minister

It would not be in the public interest to give information about the arrangements in the matter to which my hon. Friend refers.

Mr. Simmonds

Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that in view of the lessons of Crete and the fact that the safety of this country might depend on this issue, any liaison between any two Departments which might be involved has been most carefully scrutinised, and that in future any co-operation between those two Departments will be organised on the soundest basis?

The Prime Minister

I did not give my answer without having before me the actual arrangement which is to be enforced.