HC Deb 24 July 1963 vol 681 c1430
1. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will now make a statement about extending the specialisation scheme in the education branch of the Royal Air Force so as to include more arts graduates.

The Secretary of State for Air (Mr. Hugh Fraser)

The scheme is being extended to include arts graduates and the first officers will be selected in the next few weeks.

Mr. Johnson

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he is aware that that statement will be most welcome to arts graduates in the education branch, and if he will appreciate that I am not being ungrateful when I ask if he is also aware that there will still be a considerable number of squadron leaders in that branch who will be very disappointed that their prospects of promotion have turned out to be nothing like as good as they were led to expect when they originally joined?

Mr. Fraser

I thank my hon. Friend.

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