Mr. JOHN HOPE
asked the Under-Secretary of State to the Air Ministry whether he can state the rate of expenditure at East Fortune Air Station since the Armistice; and what will be the estimated saving of money by the removal of this aerodrome?
§ Major-General SEELY
I am not clear what information my hon. Friend requires. If he refers to capital expenditure, I am informed that the payments made for works, buildings, land, machinery and plant, etc., from the date of the Armistice to the 30th September, have amounted to 177,000. The cost of maintaining the aerodrome in peace time may be estimated at 129,000, but it is difficult to estimate the saving entailed in giving up the station in other directions, as that would depend on the amount of personnel and material transferred to other airship stations.