§ Mr. Wise
Is the right hon. Gentleman really satisfied with his Answer, seeing that quite recently the Prime Minister announced that the V-bomber force was grievously crippled by the loss of the Valiant bomber, and the Minister of Defence only a fortnight later said that no such loss was evident at all? Those two statements were directly contradictory.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is my right hon. Friend aware that although he is satisfied, it is obvious that hon. Gentlemen opposite are dissatisfied, but we do not know what they are dissatisfied about?
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. Perhaps it is as well if Ministers remember that, prima facie, answers should be confined to the points raised by the question.
§ Mr. Hugh Fraser
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to take his duties slightly more seriously? I think he will be aware that the Royal Air Force is going through a difficult phase at the moment. Any denigration of the rôle or capacity of the Royal Air Force is much resented by the Service. The right hon. Gentleman may have noticed that only yesterday the Royal Australian Air Force had on its list more than 1,000 volunteers ready to leave this country.