HC Deb 30 April 1952 vol 499 cc1447-8
32. Mr. Charles Ian Orr-Ewing

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence if he has yet laid down the spheres of responsibility as between the Service Departments for the detection of the launching sites if, and when, guided missiles are directed against this country.

Mr. Birch

Yes, Sir. This responsibility will rest with the Air Ministry.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Is my hon. Friend aware that I asked this Question on 7th March and 27th June last year of the former Minister of Defence, and that on both occasions I was told that the matter was being examined; and that it will give a sense of confidence that at last a decision is being made?

Mr. Birch

I am glad that the persistence of my hon. Friend has been rewarded.

Mr. Shinwell

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that it is precisely because there was a careful examination that the Minister is now in a position to give a decision.

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