HC Deb 08 February 1955 vol 536 cc202-3W
Captain Kerby

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the date of the Air Ministry specification upon which the Short Sunderland and Royal Air Force flying-boat was designed; when the last flying-boat, now in service with the Royal Air Force, was built; and what is his policy with regard to the development of water-based aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Mr. Ward

The original specification for the Sunderland flying-boat was issued in November, 1933, and the last aircraft of this type now in service with the Royal Air Force was completed in May, 1946. An announcement about policy will be made shortly in the Memorandum accompanying the Air Estimates.