HC Deb 09 March 1920 vol 126 c1076

asked the Secretary "of State for War whether he is aware that Regular soldiers who were invited to transfer to the Royal Flying Corps and have done so, and who are now stationed in Egypt, are debarred from receiving the same treatment as warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, &c., on the married strength of an infantry unit in the same country, in that refusal has been given to the passage of wives and children of such transferred men, and that under these circumstances these soldiers are suffering from differential treatment, which is felt to be a grievance in that their period of service in Egypt has three more years to run; and whether he proposes to take any steps to deal with this situation?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Major Tryon)

I have been asked to reply to my hon. and gallant Friend's question. At present there is no married establishment for the Royal Air Force as there is for the Army, and differences of treatment are therefore inevitable. The matter has been, and still is, under consideration.


Cannot the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the case of men, long service soldiers, who were invited to transfer to the Royal Air Force who are at present in Egypt and are suffering from the circumstances mentioned in the question?


I am anxious to get the question settled as soon as possible. Their ease will be taken into account.

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