HC Deb 16 December 1942 vol 385 cc1901-2
19. Mr. Touche

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the anxiety and hardship caused to members of a sergeant air-crew by reason of the fact that if by reason of wounds or illness they lose their flying capacity they are deprived of their rank; and whether he will make a statement on the subject?

Captain Balfour

I would refer my hon. Friend to the very full statement which I made on 14th July last in reply to a Question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Bolton (Sir E. Cadogan). I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of this statement which is applicable to aircrew who are permanently withdrawn from operational duties whether on account of wounds or of ill-health.

Mr. Touche

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend think it fair treatment that a member of an operational crew who is wounded after, say, two years' operational duty should be deprived of his rank?

Captain Balfour

That is not so. Perhaps my hon. Friend will study the long statement I am sending to him, after which I will be glad to have a word with him.