HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 c1945
10. Mr. Molson

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent members of air crews are able to swim; and what steps are being taken to see that all men who fly over the sea are taught to swim?

Sir A. Sinclair

Precise information in reply to the first part of the Question is not readily available. As for the second part, it is laid down in King's Regulations that, where facilities exist, personnel liable to form the crews of aircraft flying over the sea shall be taught to swim. Facilities for learning to swim are being increased and are already available for all members of aircrews in Initial Training Wings.

Mr. Molson

Will my right hon. Friend give me an assurance that every effort is made to induce men to use the facilities for learning to swim?

Sir A. Sinclair