HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 cc839-40
22. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many United States bomber and fighter aircraft are at present based in the United Kingdom; how many air bases have been allotted for their use; and what period of time these arrangements cover.

The Secretary of State for Air (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

There are 90 bomber aircraft and no fighter aircraft at present temporarily stationed in the United Kingdom. With their ancillary services they occupy the whole or a part of seven R.A.F. stations. It has not been decided how long these arrangements will continue.

Mr. Warbey

In view of public uneasiness about this matter—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—of which I have evidence from my constituency and elsewhere, will my right hon. Friend give a definite assurance that these arrangements will not be continued beyond the period during which the air lift to Berlin operates, and that there is no intention of having military aircraft of a foreign Power permanently stationed in this country in time of peace?

Mr. Henderson

No, Sir. I am afraid that I can give no such assurance—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] The second part of the Question does not arise.