HC Deb 18 February 1942 vol 377 cc1775-6
9. Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will reconsider the contribution made by his Ministry towards training headquarters for local squadrons of the Air Training Corps; when it will be possible to provide cadets with overcoats; and whether gymnastic shoes can be provided without coupons?

Sir A. Sinclair

The rates of grant pay able to units of the Air Training Corps are at present under review but the information so far available does not suggest that any increase would be justified. As regards the second part of the Question, I regret that general shortage of material precludes the issue of greatcoats. The possibility of issuing some other form of protective clothing is being investigated. As for the last part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the Reply given to the hon. Member for Melton (Sir W. Everard) on 8th January.

Mr. Lindsay

In the review would the Minister see that this magnificent Corps is not held up by small financial considerations?

Sir A. Sinclair

I am deply interested in the success of this Corps and its welfare, and the point which the hon. Gentleman has brought to my notice is very much in my mind.