§ 41. Colonel Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for Air from the figures so far available, what percentage of officers and other ranks, shown separately, will retire voluntarily as a result of the planned reduction in the size of the Royal Air Force; and when he expects to be able to announce the final figures.
Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing
Rather more than 90 per cent. of the airmen whose retirement has been approved had applied under the scheme. It has not so far been necessary to retire any officers who have not applied. The redundancy scheme is being operated in phases, and I cannot yet say when it will be possible to give final figures.