HC Deb 14 November 1945 vol 415 cc2104-5
29. Major Wyatt

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he will institute a rule that no men over the age of 40 may be posted further a field than Germany.

Mr. Strachey

Such a rule would make it impossible to meet the requirements of the overseas commands for skilled and experienced personnel without holding back men due for release. The upper age limit for posting airmen, including corporals, to most overseas commands is in fact 42; it is 50 for senior N.C.O's and non-regular officers.

Major Wyatt

When applications are made for compassionate postings at home by men over the age of 40 in the Royal Air Force, is additional consideration given by reason of the fact that the applicants are over the age of 40?

Mr. Strachey

Yes, Sir.