HC Deb 19 January 1949 vol 460 c139
6. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether in view of the unsatisfactory conditions prevailing at the R.A.F. Camp, Pershore, he proposes to close this camp in the near future.

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

No, Sir. The complaints brought to my notice by my hon. Friend regarding R.A.F. Station, Pershore, have been investigated and work is in hand which will effect a substantial improvement in the conditions of the camp.

Mrs. Manning

While thanking my right hon. and learned Friend for the many improvements he has made in this camp, does he not think from the correspondence he has received from myself and from the hon. Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) that this camp, prepared during the war, is not really suitable for training men in peace time?

Mr. Henderson

My difficulty is that a good many of the stations, which we have of necessity to occupy at the present time, were constructed for war purposes. I say quite frankly that in my opinion they are not up to peace-time standards but, until we are able to construct further peace-time permanent stations, I am afraid that we must make use of these war-time camps with any necessary improvements.

Mr. George Ward

Will the Minister bear in mind that there is a great need for an auxiliary squadron in Worcestershire, and that if he is wondering what to do with Pershore, it would be perfectly suitable for that purpose?