11. Flight-Lieutenant Teeing
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that on stations where officers over 49 years of age were to be informed that they might shortly become redundant, actually officers over 39 years of age have been brought before a board for the same purpose; and whether, if these officers are retired, as they are still of military age, they will be conscripted as privates for the Army or directed into any kind of work by the Ministry of Labour.
§ Sir A. Sinclair
I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to him on 6th July last. As was then stated, it is the policy of the Air Ministry to review the position of all officers irrespective of age in view of the need to maintain the efficiency of the Service and to ensure opportunities for advancement for young and energetic officers. The employment of officers after retirement from the Service is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service.