HC Deb 30 April 1958 vol 587 c374
44. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in order to assist the examination of incentives and disincentives to recruiting, he will arrange for a survey to be made among serving airmen and airwomen.

Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

The Grigg Committee is undertaking a comprehensive study of recruiting factors. We have recently conducted a limited survey to weigh up the reasons which lead airmen and airwomen to prolong their service or to leave at the end of their initial engagements. This was carried out, under the direction of our scientists, at representative stations, and I would like to thank the 2,500 serving men who helped. We are now examining the findings, which are also being made available to the Grigg Committee.

Wing Commander Bullus

Based on the results of the survey, will the hon. Gentleman take practical steps to encourage serving personnel to remain in the Service for longer periods?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

We are anxious to do just that, and that is why we carried out this survey, on which we shall certainly take action.

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