§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many persons have been killed and injured, respectively, whilst flying as passengers or crew of aircraft of the R.A.F. Transport Command during the four weeks ended Sunday 26th October; what types of machines have been involved; and what have been the findings of the courts of inquiry in each case of accident.
§ Mr. Strachey
During the four weeks ending 26th October, reports have been received of accidents to aircraft operating in Transport Command which caused the death of 46 passengers and 26 crew; three passengers and seven crew are missing; 11 passengers and 15 crew were injured. The types of aircraft involved 561W in these accidents were as follows: Anson, Baltimore, Canso, Dakota, Liberator, Stirling, Wellington. I am afraid that I cannot give the information asked for in the last part of the Question as it would be contrary to the public interest to disclose the findings of courts of inquiry, which are privileged. The foreknowledge that they might be published would impose a restraint upon both court and witnesses, whereas it is essential that all concerned should speak freely, and if need be criticise fearlessly, without regard to rank or person.