HC Deb 21 March 1962 vol 656 c371
13. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps he is taking to encourage an increased number of applicants from Scottish schools for places as cadets at Cranwell.

Mr. Amery

We have school liaison officers based in Scotland and we advertise in newspapers and school magazines there. Headmasters and careers masters of Scottish schools are invited to visit Cranwell. We also publicise the Royal Air Force scholarship scheme which guarantees entry to the college.

Mr. Thomson

I thank the Minister for that reply and hope that it will get some publicity among Scottish schools. Is he aware that young Scots are getting a lot less than their fair share of these courses of future leadership in the Air Force, although when they are persuaded to apply they seem to do remarkably well? Will the right hon. Gentleman make vigorous efforts to ensure that the officers of the Air Force are evenly distributed throughout the United Kingdom?

Mr. Amery

I would certainly welcome more cadets from Scotland, and I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for drawing attention to the position.

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