HC Deb 25 June 1935 vol 303 cc937-8

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that applicants for vacancies in the Royal Air Force in Newcastle-on-Tyne are informed that for enlistment they must apply personally in London; and will he look into this matter?

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

A recruiting depot will be opened at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 1st July. In the meantime the applicants have necessarily to be referred to London. A personal visit is, however, only necessary when scrutiny of a written application has shown that the applicant is primâ facie suitable for enlistment, and then he is provided with a free railway warrant to London. If for any reason it is necessary to reject him, he is also furnished with a free return warrant to his home.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that a certain Lieut.-Colonel D.S.O., a very celebrated officer, made application to London, and received a roneo-typed reply conveying the fact that he must appear in London?


Perhaps my hon. Friend will let me have particulars.