HC Deb 06 November 1959 vol 612 c81W
Mr. D. Price

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether a decision has yet been taken about No. 3603 (City of Edinburgh) Fighter Control Unit.

Mr. Ward

Three new units to be known as Maritime Headquarters Units are shortly to be formed in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. They will provide backing for the R.A.F. component of the joint Naval/Air Maritime Headquarters at Northwood, Pitreavie near Edinburgh, and Plymouth. Each new unit will be associated with one of these headquarters.

No. 3603 (City of Edinburgh) Fighter Control Unit is no longer required in its present rôle and will be formally disbanded. I hope, however, that many of its members will transfer to No. 2 M.H.Q. unit.

The new units will be controlled by Coastal Command. Their main tasks will be communications between headquarters in this country and in other N.A.T.O. countries, controlling maritime aircraft and looking after communications equipment. The work is interesting and I hope that the new units will be successful in attracting the volunteers they need.