HC Deb 03 August 1966 vol 733 cc455-6
24. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in view of its new responsibilities for longdistance maritime warfare, what proposals he has made to change the name of the Royal Air Force.

Mr. Healey

None, Sir.

Mr. Irvine

As the strike reconnaissance and maritime rôle will be very different from anything undertaken by Coastal Command, should not something be done to bring home not only to the R.A.F. but to the people of this country the great increase in its responsibilities?

Mr. Healey

The Services are always dropping old responsibilities and taking up new ones. The people of this country fully appreciate the ability of our three Services to rise to this type of challenge.