§ Lieut.-Colonel MOORE-BRABAZON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the amount of money spent from the Air Estimates of 1922–23 and 1923–24 on new land-planes, deck-flying aeroplanes, sea-planes and engines for the Fleet air arm or otherwise for naval co-operation; and the amounts similarly spent on new, as distinct from reconditioned, aeroplanes and engines for independent air operations and for Army co-operation?
§ Mr. LEACH
The amount spent on new aircraft for the Fleet air arm or for naval co-operation was approximately £180,000 in 1922–23 and £508,000 in 1923–24; the amount spent on new aircraft for independent operations and Army co-operation was approximately £140,000 in 1922–23 and £775,000 in 1923–24. It is impossible similarly to differentiate the expenditure on engines, which, being of common type, are bought for the Royal Air Force as a whole and are allotted to the naval or the other machines as required; but the total amount spent on new engines was approximately £120,000 in 1922–23 and £872,000 in 1923–24.