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Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Deputations to the Prime Minister., 21 Jul 1936 - 21 Jan 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/270

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Correspondents include: Clement Attlee [Leader of the Opposition] refusing to join the deputations to the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin; Osmund Cleverly [Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister]; Henry Pownall [Deputy Secretary], Committee of Imperial Defence; Hastings Ismay [Deputy Secretary], Committee of Imperial Defence] (2).Also includes: extracts from the transcript of the first deputation, including [?] WSC on the Government's failure to expand the air industry and the RAF in 1934, Marshal of the RAF 1st Lord Trenchard on RAF recruitment from the Army and Navy and general defence policy, Sir Edward Grigg [later 1st Lord Altrincham] on the state of the Army, including training, reductions in size, the lack of reserves and new equipment, the commitment to send forces to France on the outbreak of war, comparisons with 1914 and the inadequacy of the Territorial Army for home defence, 1st Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran] on the decline of shipping, Britain's dependence on food and oil imports and the need to store grain and Sir Robert Horne on buying war materials from abroad, using part of Britain's industrial output in the national interest and delays in defence projects; copy of French figures on German air strength; transcript of the second deputation, including Sir Thomas Inskip [later 1st Lord Caldecote, Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence], on German air strength, British and German war potential, British aircraft and pilot recruitment, aircraft export and delays in aircraft manufacture, underground hangars, anti-aircraft defence, military police, Army recruitment, the Territorial Army, provision of tanks and munitions and contracts with the United States, range of bombers, British air strength, food supplies, naval oil reserves and ARP, and WSC on British and German air strength; notes with questions [? for the deputation] on subjects including German air strength, air defence and bomb provision; copies of correspondence by WSC to individuals listed above, and also to Baldwin on subjects including the reasons for the first deputation, topics to be raised, and the lack of defence information given to the House of Commons, and to Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence].


  • Creation: 21 Jul 1936 - 21 Jan 1937

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