HC Deb 24 June 1941 vol 372 cc951-2
46. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Prime Minister whether he is satisfied that the policy of the Royal Air Force to recruit a large body of men to guard airfields and the division of airfield protective duties between the Army and the Air Force indicated therein will result in the most efficient tactical handling of this part of home defence?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. But it would not be expedient to go into detail on these matters except in Secret Session. I may say that I will gladly give my hon. Friend any further information, but I see no reason why we should expose our arrangements to the enemy. I am thoroughly satisfied that a clear-cut decision has been reached and good working arrangements made.

Mr. Bellenger

While not having any desire to pursue this matter publicly now, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that considerable apprehension is being excited in the minds of people in various quarters, and when will there be an opportunity of answering these apprehensions in Secret Session?

The Prime Minister

I had thought of going to the length of espying Strangers before answering this Question but I was not certain at all, as we are all strangers here in a certain sense, whether the consequences might derange the Business of the House. But we are ready to go into this subject in Secret Session.

Colonel Arthur Evans

Could the Prime Minister tell the House to whom Questions on this subject should be addressed?

The Prime Minister

The Secretary of State for War. Prime responsibility rests with him.

Major Milner

Can the right hon. Gentleman authorise the Commander-in-Chief to give facilities to Members of Parliament, on request, to visit aerodromes? [HON. MEMBERS: "No"] Why not?

The Prime Minister

I have always been very careful to secure facilities for Members of Parliament in the discharge of their duties, and to make it perfectly clear that they have a special position in the country, but I should like to have notice of any particular request.