HC Deb 17 May 1950 vol 475 c1203
36. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what arrangements he makes, where a commercial pilot's licence lapses as a result of unemployment, to give assistance to him to regain his professional status.

Mr. Beswick

None, Sir, but full allowance is made for previous experience, and once a licence has been issued only a small amount of recent flying is required in order to keep it current.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that because of legislation since 1945 many older pilots now are out of work, and have not the means with which to renew their licences? Will he consult his right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Air to see whether some arrangement could be made so that these men can carry out their flying with the Royal Air Force?

Mr. Beswick

As far as the basic licence is concerned, it is possible for most of these people to join the R.A.F.V.R. and to keep in flying practice; but it is a very different proposition when we come to the type ratings. Quite frankly, although I have great sympathy with these people, I have not yet seen a practical proposal put forward by responsible people.