HC Deb 29 January 1941 vol 368 cc538-9
15. Sir Patrick Hannon

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement on the measures he has taken for the organisation and expansion of the Air Training Corps in the Birmingham area; and whether he is satisfied with the response to the call for officers for the training of air defence cadet squadrons?

Captain Balfour

The organisation of the Air Training Corps is being pursued in Birmingham, as in other cities, with vigour and enthusiasm. The Lord Mayor is giving his valuable assistance to the local committee which is organising the squadrons, and he has assured the commandant of the Corps that the citizens of Birmingham will do all in their power to make the scheme a success. The response to the call for officers has been most encouraging Arrangements will be made for candidates to be interviewed as soon as possible.

Sir P. Hannon

Are we to understand from the reply of my hon. and gallant Friend that these Air Training Corps units will get all the encouragement possible from the Air Ministry?

Captain Balfour

Yes, Sir, indeed they will.

Mr. J. J. Davidson

Does this organisation include the training of attested airmen by officers?

Captain Balfour

No, Sir. The hon. Gentleman is referring to a different matter altogether which is now in operation, and is the educational system within the Royal Air Force for men who do not come up to the requisite standard for air crews.

Mr. Mander

Does the Minister propose to issue a memorandum explaining the scheme for the information of Members of Parliament and others?

Captain Balfour

I propose to put in the Library a small booklet which is now being distributed through the Commandant of the Air Training Corps units and also a more detailed book, which will be available for distribution at the beginning of next week.