§ Lieut.-Colonel Hare
asked the Undersecretary of State for Air whether he is now prepared to reduce the number of personnel in R.A.F. airfield and roadway construction companies now employed in the construction of an airfield at Hong Kong to a bare minimum, in view of the amount of native labour readily available there.
§ Mr. Strachey
The local labour at Hong Kong needs training, organisa1486W tion and recuperation after the experiences of the last 3½ years. Subject to these limitations the Cormmander-in-Chief is arranging the maximum use of local labour and confining R.A.F. personnel chiefly to training and supervisory duties so that the number retained in Hong Kong may be reduced as rapidly as possible.