HC Deb 09 June 1943 vol 390 cc680-1
9. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Air the reason for the issue of Air Ministry Order A.457 (1943), which withdraws from regular airmen the war- time right, which they have shared for two years with war-time Service men, of standing as Members of Parliament or becoming Parliamentary candidates?

Sir A. Sinclair

My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension. The Order referred to makes no change in the position of regular airmen, which has always been governed by paragraph 1092, Clause 2, of King's Regulations and Air Council Instructions. The purpose of the new Order is to consolidate and clarify the instructions about participation in politics by non-regular personnel and retired officers re-employed.