HC Deb 25 March 1942 vol 378 c1971
10. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that some 60 aeroplane fitters have recently been posted from an operational unit to a recruiting centre, at a station of which he has been informed, for the purpose of being trained as infantrymen; and whether this misuse of skilled engineering personnel was made with his knowledge?

Sir A. Sinclair

These airmen are not being trained as infantrymen, but are receiving instruction in ground defence duties.

Sir H. Williams

Will my right hon. Friend make further inquiries into this matter, as owing to the nature of his answer I do not think he has appreciated the facts?

Sir A. Sinclair

If the hon. Member will give me any further information, I will look into it, but I am informed that these men are in fact following a course which will fit them for special aerodrome defence work.

Mr. A. Edwards

Is the Minister aware that his Department has spent 12 months converting an employee of mine, who is a first-class accountant, into a third-rate mechanic?