HC Deb 29 May 1946 vol 423 c186W
22. Mr. Pritt

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he has any statement to make about the position at the R.A.F. station, at Madley, where all the airmen, except a small permanent staff, are compelled to walk many miles a day between the points where they live and mess and work and are refused the use of cycles, whilst German prisoners of war, doing similar journeys on the same station, are all supplied with cycles.

Mr. de Freitas

The prisoners of war are provided with bicycles, if they have long distances to go, to increase the time they spend at work. They are not allowed to use the bicycles off duty. The airmen under training—as opposed to the permanent staff for whom bicycles are provided—are not given bicycles, because their course is so short that it includes hardly any special time for drill or marching, and the marching to and from different parts of the station is used as a substitute.