HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 c1626

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made any estimate of the saving which could be effected in expenditure by a revision of the Royal Air Force establishment, in view of the termination of the War?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Major-General Seely)

This question has been under constant consideration and a provisional establishment has been drawn up which shows very substantial reductions. That establishment is now undergoing further revision with a view to reducing expenditure. The results will be embodied in the detailed Air Estimates, to the presentation of which, during the: autumn, my hon. Friend the Secretary of the Treasury referred in his answer to the right hon. Baronet the Member for the City of London on the 11th instant.


Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the desirability of demobilising the women of his Department?

Major-General SEELY

Yes, Sir. As I announced in my remarks the day before yesterday the women will be reduced very shortly from the large number they were to 3,000, comprising only those employed, on domestic service.