HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc1117-8
6. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for Air, in view of the arrangements that aircraft at the Royal Air Force Station, West Mailing, should be grounded during the Kent Assizes, what alternative arrangements will be made for training at West Mailing during that period.

Mr. A. Henderson

No arrangements have been made for the grounding of aircraft at the Royal Air Force Station, West Mailing, during the period of the Kent Assizes. The question of alternative training arrangements does not therefore arise.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Is the Secretary of State aware that the Officer Commanding, West Mailing, voluntarily went to the assize court and explained that the aircraft concerned were not aircraft of the Royal Air Force; that the officer was spoken to by an official at the court and reprimanded like a small boy; and is the very same Air Force that saved this country in battle above that court in 1940 to be insulted in this way?

Mr. Henderson

It is quite true that the officer in question did go voluntarily to the court to be of any possible assistance, but it is not for me to comment on the actions of particular individuals.