§ The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Captain Harold Balfour)
The differences to which the hon. Member refers are inherent in the structure of a Fighting Service. In the case of decorations, the D.F.C. and D.F.M. are equal in merit, 1505 and I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 9th October. As regards the second part of the Question, apart from the objections to common messes from a disciplinary point of view, the present arrangements are convenient and well-liked, and there is no desire in the Service for a change.
§ Captain Balfour
I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the very cogent arguments which were given to him by myself when he raised the matter on the Adjournment many months ago.
§ Mr. Mander
Is it not the case that sergeant-pilots have the opportunity on their merits of receiving a commission?