HC Deb 07 August 1919 vol 119 cc581-2W
Captain W. BENN

asked the Undersecretary of State to the Air Ministry what reductions have been made recently in the number of aerodromes in use and the hotels and offices occupied by the Ministry?

Major-General SEELY

Between the 2nd July and the 6th August, 1919, one aerodrome, five seaplane stations, and thirteen landing-grounds have been notified to the Directorate of Lands as available for relinquishment or to be disposed of, making a total of fifty-two aerodromes, eleven seaplane stations, and 147 landing-grounds so advised since the 11th November, 1918. The Hotel Cecil, the only hotel now in the occupation of the Air Ministry, will be evacuated on the 13th August, 1919. The offices at 5, John Street, Adelphi, will be evacuated on the 9th August, 1919.

The following hotels and offices have been given up by the Air Ministry within the last five months:

  • Cavendish Hotel, evacuated 10th January, 1919.
  • 4/6, Adam Street, evacuated 22nd March, 1919.
  • 582
  • Adelphi Hotel, evacuated 5th April, 1919.
  • 5 and 7, John Street, Adelphi, evacuated 5th April, 1919.
  • Covent Garden Hotel, evacuated 14th April, 1919.

The number of hired premises in use by the Royal Air Force at the date of the Armistice was 2,143; by 1st August, 1919, 1,899 of these had been given up.