§ 18. Mr. Mellish
asked the Secretary of State for Air how many officers of the rank of squadron leader and above are on the staff of the Ground Officers Selection Centre at Uxbridge; what are their ages; and for how long they have held their existing ranks, acting, temporary or substantive.
As the Answer is in the form of a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Mellish
May we have an assurance that the officers at this centre, a very important place, are the very finest possible men for this job and that they have not been selected merely because they 1049 are of an age when they could not get anything else to do?
I appreciate the spirit behind the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question. I am quite satisfied that
|1 Group Captain||…||…||…||General Duties||47||January, 1954|
|3 Wing Commanders||…||…||…||General Duties||46||October, 1946|
|13 Squadron Leaders||…||…||…||General Duties||39||July, 1951|
|General Duties||38||July, 1956|
|General Duties||39||July, 1957|
|General Duties||44||July, 1954 (supernumerary)|
§ Note.—In each instance the rank held is substantive.