HC Deb 20 April 1972 vol 835 cc733-4
13. Mr. Adley

asked the Minister of State for Defence what proposals he has to reorganise the Air Training Corps.

Lord Lambton

There are no plans for any major reorganisation of the Air Training Corps, which is providing a most valuable service. However, as a contribution to the continued search for economy, it is proposed to reduce the number of wing headquarters by selected amalgamations. This will not involve any reduction in the number of squadrons or facilities which are available to cadets.

Mr. Adley

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware of the growing disquiet in Bristol at rumours that the unit based there is to be moved? Can he assure us that a city of the size of Bristol will continue to be a base headquarters for one of these units?

Lord Lambton

The Bristol wing is the smallest in the South and West of England Region. The Gloucester wing is the smallest adjacent wing with which it could be amalgamated. This amalgama- tion will make practically no difference to the life of cadets.