HC Deb 20 January 1954 vol 522 c994
26. Sir W. Perkins

asked the Under-secretary of State for Air when he pro poses to close the remaining Reserve flying schools

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Mr. George Ward)

The Air Council have now completed their review of the policy for providing and training the aircrew Reserve which would be required to reinforce the Royal Air Force in war. We propose to concentrate on training a smaller number of aircrew reservists to a higher standard of efficiency on the types of aircraft which they would be required to fly in an emergency. This implies training at Service units, and as there will be no further requirement for civil schools, we shall be reluctantly compelled to close the remaining Reserve flying schools within the next five months. The detailed arrangements and dates are being discussed with the firms concerned.

Sir W. Perkins

Will my hon. Friend use all his influence with the Ministry of Labour to secure the reconstitution of the training scheme, which was so successful last time for these displaced pilots, so that they may qualify for airline work?

Mr. Ward

Yes, Sir, that has already been ensured.