HC Deb 21 May 1947 vol 437 cc2306-7
17. Colonel Wheatley

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that the aerodrome and buildings at Tarrant Rushton are practically unguarded, with the result that there is no protection for the large amount of valuable Government property still there; and what action he proposes to take to prevent theft.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

The station at Tarrant Rushton is not now in use, but a small detachment of the R.A.F. is stationed there to act as guard. I am grateful to the hon. and gallant Member for raising the matter, and I have given instructions that careful inquiries should be made.

Colonel Wheatley

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that at times there is no one on the aerodrome at all?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I have seen the reports in the Press, and I am inquiring into the matter.

Mr. Charles Williams

Why was not this done before? Is it not a case of incompetence?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I do not understand what the hon. Member means. There has been a guard on the station. Allegations have been made that on one occasion the aerodrome was unguarded, and I am inquiring into that matter.

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