HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 cc840-1
24. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for Air if, in view of the need for trained men in the R.A.F.V.R., he will withdraw the regulation by which ex-R.A.F. officers are not permitted to join.

Mr. A. Henderson

There is no regulation which states that ex-R.A.F. officers are not permitted to join the R.A.F.V.R. Indeed, many ex-officers have already joined, and others would be gladly welcomed. This does not, however, normally apply to ex-Regular officers or to officers who have held Short Service Commissions, since they already have a reserve liability. In exceptional cases, however, officers belonging to these categories are appointed to Volunteer Reserve posts.

Mr. Lipson

Will my right hon. and learned Friend make that information known to some of his officers throughout the country, because one of my constituents was told that he was not eligible?

Mr. Henderson indicated assent