HC Deb 19 November 1941 vol 376 cc289-90
30. Captain Gammans

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware of the harm done to war production in this country and in America by the circulation of stories in the Press alleging that shipments of American bombers and fighters are still lying in Britain in their unopened packing cases; that the Atlantic ferry service is inefficient, and that American aircraft are subjected to needless alterations; and what steps his publicity staff take to put an end to such harmful stories?

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon)

With the exception of one particular type of aircraft, which was originally ordered by the French Government, machines shipped from America do not remain crated for more than a few days. Any modifications to American aircraft are limited to those which are considered essential in the light of the latest fighting experience to bring the machine up to the required standard of operational efficiency. I am aware of certain Press comments on these matters and a full statement of the facts was sent to the newspaper concerned. To enable Press representatives to obtain a true picture of the position, I am making arrangements for them to visit a depot where American aircraft are being assembled. I am not responsible for the Atlantic Ferry Service, and particulars on that subject should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air.