§ 14. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Minister of Defence to what extent balloons are now being used for measures connected with the defence of Britain.
§ Sir W. Monckton
Tethered balloons are used for parachute training and target practice and free balloons for meteorological purposes.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Minister aware that balloons are much cheaper than some of our expensive aircraft and quite as useful as a defence against rockets? Does he not think that he could reduce defence expenditure if he went in for balloons instead of obsolete aircraft?
§ Mr. Stokes
Is it not quite obvious that this Government only continues to exist on account of free balloons?