HC Deb 19 July 1950 vol 477 c2241
18. Air Commodore Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of present circumstances, he will take steps to strengthen the radar defence of Singapore.

Mr. A. Henderson

The statement quoted by the hon. and gallant Member for North Wembley (Wing-Commander Bullus) last week, that the radar defence of Singapore is non-existent, is completely without foundation. Radar cover for Singapore is already in existence. We are also sending further radar equipment from this country in the near future in accordance with plans formulated some time ago. I am advised by the Commander-in-Chief that the statement that there had been angry talk in R.A.F. circles about the state of the defences of Singapore is also completely without foundation.

Air Commodore Harvey

While I welcome the right hon. Gentleman's statement, may I ask what arrangements are being made to man these radar stations? Is he calling upon local men in Malaya as volunteers, to ensure sufficient personnel to man the new stations?

Mr. Henderson

They will be supplemented by local people, but otherwise manned by Regular members of the Royal Air Force.