HC Deb 07 November 1945 vol 415 cc1264-5
28. Mr. D. Jones

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that large numbers of Radar operators in the R.A.F. are now redundant to requirements but are being held at their overseas stations with nothing useful to do; and, in view of the effect of this idleness on the morale of the men concerned, whether he will bring these men back to this country to enable them to visit their homes.

Mr. Strachey

There is a surplus of Radar operators in one command—Mediterranean and Middle East. I am obtaining the proposals of the command for finding useful work for these men. It would not be practicable or fair to others to give these particular men special home leave.

Mr. Jones

Does not the hon. Gentleman think that these men would be better employed in this country than wasting their time abroad?

Mr. Strachey

Some men may be posted to this country, or elsewhere, overseas.

Mr. Boothby

Then why not demobilise them?

Mr. Strachey

Because you cannot demobilise them unless they are in the age and service group which has been reached. The hon. Member knows that.