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Air Raid Precautions (Balloon Barrage)

Volume 320: debated on Wednesday 24 February 1937

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether it is proposed to use the balloon-defence barrage for cities other than London; and, if so, what arrangements have been made to provide the necessary personnel?

The balloon barrage units now being organised are for the defence of London only, but the provision of units for other cities will be considered in the light of the experience gained in the development of the London barrage.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what arrangements have now been made to secure the necessary personnel to man the balloon-defence barrage for London?

The balloon units will be formed on an Auxiliary Air Force basis with a nucleus of regular personnel. 309 men are now under training for this regular nucleus, and an announcement will be made in due course regarding the opening of recruitment of the auxiliary personnel required.

Can the hon. Member say whether it is still the policy of the Government that searchlights should be run by the Army, and balloon-barrage by the Air Force?