HC Deb 05 May 1937 vol 323 c1151
43. Major Stourton

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many officers not on the active list are doing duty at Royal Air Force stations as accountant, equipment, and engineer officers; and if there is any reason why serving officers should not fill these positions?

Sir P. Sassoon

The numbers are 60, 144 and 41 respectively. It is the normal policy to offer employment to retired officers in a limited number of administrative and technical posts; the rapid expansion of the Air Force has made it desirable as a temporary measure largely to increase the number of retired officers so employed.

Major Stourton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are plenty of officers on the active list who are willing and anxious to do this work?

Sir P. Sassoon

There are not many of these posts, and they are filled by people who have been on the active list. It is only a temporary measure.

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