HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 c1248W

Major BREESE asked the Secretary of State for Air how many passenger-carrying motor-cycle and sidecar combinations are now in the possession of the Royal Air Force; and for what use these vehicles are provided?

Mr. CHURCHILL: The number of passenger-carrying motor-cycles and sidecar combinations now on the strength of the Royal Air Force, including those in Ireland, Egypt and Mesopotamia, is 472. In addition, 131 are awaiting dispatch to the Colonies as free gifts, and a further 870 are in course of being handed over to the Disposal Board. Passenger-carrying motor-cycles and sidecar combinations are provided for urgent dispatch work and for use in place of heavier vehicles, the running costs of which are greater.