HC Deb 09 July 1919 vol 117 c1839W
Captain W. BENN

asked the Undersecretary of State to the Air Ministry whether any steps are being taken to retain for the public service the advantage of the expert designers and craftsmen engaged upon airship and aeroplane construction during the War?

Major-General SEELY

It is for the Admiralty to reply as regards airships. As regards aeroplanes, the position during the War generally was that the expert designers were in the employment of the contracting firms, experts on such general questions as aerodynamics, strength of materials, etc., being retained by the State. It is hoped to maintain this position under the peace organisation.