§ Sir L. Lyle
asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he will make a detailed statement of the reasons which have actuated him in taking over Messrs. Short Brothers and also control of the General Aircraft Company, Limited?
§ Sir S. Cripps
As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to-day to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson). As to the General Aircraft Co., Ltd., I was of opinion that it was necessary for the efficient prosecution of the war and for maintaining supplies of aircraft essential to the war effort that I should take control of the whole undertaking of General Aircraft, Limited, and in consequence I appointed an authorised controller to the undertaking.