HC Deb 13 July 1949 vol 467 c425
42. Mr. Platts-Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Air what is now the number of United States Army Air Force personnel stationed in this country; and when they may be expected to leave.

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

The number of United States Air Force personnel stationed in this country is about 7,800. I am unable to say when they will leave.

Mr. Platts-Mills

Does not the Minister think that, although we all have the greatest respect for the individual members of the force, their stay has already been long enough to enable him to see that people do not really want them here in their present capacity?

Mr. Henderson

That is a matter of opinion. All I can say is that I entirely disagree with the hon. Member's opinion.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Is the Minister aware that the presence of these fine men in this country is welcomed by all patriotic Englishmen?

Mr. Henderson indicated assent