HC Deb 07 October 1942 vol 383 cc1191-2
9. Mr. Perkins

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will inquire into the present system of promotion for officers at the elementary flying training schools, in view of the fact that it is practically impossible for a working flying instructor to be promoted above the rank of flight-lieutenant?

Sir A. Sinclair

I recognise the value of the training work upon which these officers are engaged. The promotion prospects of the officers referred to by my hon. Friend were investigated in the autumn of last year when it was decided that promotion to squadron leader, supernumerary to the war establishment, could be granted to those who had completed two years' war service in the rank of flight-lieutenant, who had been recommended by their Air Officers Commanding and were generally suitable for promotion.