HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 c841
25. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many courses of instruction, and in what classes, are available to officers and other ranks in the R.A.F.

Mr. A. Henderson

The number of courses available is 256, of which 144 are concerned with basic and 112 with specialist training. The hon. and gallant Member will know that there are 15 officer branches and over 100 ground trades in the R.A.F. and that the basic training of an individual may involve as many as five successive courses.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Will the Secretary of State for Air review this matter now, some three years after the war, and try to combine some of the courses and eliminate some of the unnecessary ones?

Mr. Henderson

I will certainly look into that suggestion, but I must remind the hon. and gallant Member that the R.A.F. is a technical force and we require the personnel of the highest standard that we can get.