HC Deb 02 December 1959 vol 614 cc1170-1
25. Mr. Strachey

asked the Secretary of State for War the ranks and appointments of the Army officers to be appointed to the staff of the new Royal Air Force Tactical Transport Group.

Mr. Soames

Details have yet to be settled, but I expect to appoint tour or five officers headed by a lieutenant-colonel.

Mr. Strachey

Does this mean that in the reformed No. 38 Group there will now be an integrated staff of officers of the Royal Air Force and the Army? In view of the ever-growing importance of this, would it not be a good thing if a similar integration of Royal Air Force officers into the Army could also be effected?

Mr. Soames

The setting up of the Tactical Transport Group is most welcome to the Army, which will have representation on it. If the right hon. Gentleman has any specific suggestions as to where Royal Air Force and Army officers might be integrated and will let me know, I will gladly look into them.

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