HC Deb 08 May 1940 vol 360 c1202
11. Miss Wilkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the minimum age for commissions in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force; in how many cases have exceptions been made; and whether he will consider raising the age at which commissions can be given, in view of the responsibility of junior officers for certain aspects of the welfare of the women under their command?

Captain Balfour

The minimum age for appointment as an officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force is 18 and no exceptions have been made. No officer under 20 has been appointed for administrative duties, which involve the control of airwomen, and only one in 10 of the administrative officers is under 25 years of age.

Miss Rathbone

Who makes inquiries into the pre-war experience and capacity in administrative work of these officers?

Captain Balfour

That is a different question, and if the hon. Member will put it down I will give her a reply.