HC Deb 21 April 1943 vol 388 c1663
9. Mr. Molson

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many airmen are without documents and have been so for one month, three months, six months and 12 months, respectively?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

No airman is without documents. A record of every man's service is maintained by the R.A.F. Record Office throughout his career in the Royal Air Force. As for the administration of those documents which are required to be held by a man's unit, I have been aware of difficulties arising from the complexities of posting, particularly overseas, the loss of documents by enemy action and the dilution of experienced staff. For some time past strenuous efforts have been made to overcome these difficulties and improvement in procedure has resulted; but I am not satisfied with the present position, and further measures are being taken.

Mr. Bellenger

Can my right hon. Friend say whether these documents include medical history sheets?

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir.