30. Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many National Service pilots have been interviewed by the special selection board with a view to their acceptance for employment as commercial pilots on their release.
Four applications have been received from National Service pilots since the pre-selection scheme was extended to them last March. These have been dealt with individually; three have been accepted as cadets; the fourth is still serving. A further 18 National Service pilots have entered civil aviation on direct application to civil companies.
Could my hon. Friend say whether this scheme has been sufficiently publicised, in view of the small number of applications?
Yes, Sir; it has. I have the Air Ministry Order here, and it has been published in the Press.
§ Mr. Beswick
While there may be disagreement about that information, is it not a fact that the scheme will now lapse, anyhow?