§ Brigadier-General SPEARS
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air when he will make a statement to the House as to the relation of the Air Force to the Army and Navy and as to what decision has been come to by the Air Ministry as to the maintenance of an independent Air Force?
§ Mr. LEACH
The need for the maintenance of an independent Air Force has been accepted by successive Governments and is not in question. Its relation to the Army and Navy, and particularly to the latter, was recently re-defined after a special and exhaustive inquiry, and the present Government is not proposing to reopen the matter.