HC Deb 23 July 1935 vol 304 cc1646-7
20. Mr. MANDER

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consider the advisability in connection with the present Royal Air Force expansion, of granting in appropriate cases permanent commissions to Royal Air Force officers who served in the War and now hold temporary commissions?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Sir Philip Sassoon)

I assume the hon. Member refers to a limited class of officers who were promoted from warrant rank on the establishment of the Royal Air Force in 1918 and are still serving. The expansion arrangements include the extension of the service of selected officers of this class to age 55 under improved conditions as regards retired pay. They are in effect already "permanent" in the sense that they are pensionable.