HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 cc222-3
25. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production why the request of the Mayor of West Bromwich for the loan of an aeroplane to be exhibited at the Red Cross fair held at West Bromwich on August Bank Holiday was refused.

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Sir Stafford Cripps)

A request was received for the loan of an aircraft for one day. This could have been met only by the diversion of an aircraft from the production line. It was decided that this diversion and the expenditure of man-hours in dismantling, delivery and re-assembling for so short a period were not warranted.

Mr. Dugdale

May I, therefore, ask the right hon. Gentleman why one fighter and three troop-carrying planes were diverted to a fete, held under the auspices of the Regional Commission and known as Lady Dudley's Red Cross Fete, opened by Mrs. Winston Churchill shortly before?

Sir S. Cripps

Perhaps the hon. Member will put that question on the Paper.

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