§ Mr. BILLING
asked the First Lord' of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the confusion and dissatisfaction occasioned in the Royal Naval Air Service by the fact that there is no outward distinction between flight-lieutenant, flight-commander, and squadron-commander in the uniform of the Royal Naval Air Service; whether he is aware-that in the Royal Flying Corps the following distinguishing marks have been adopted for these ranks: flight-lieutenant, two stars; flight-commander, three stars; squadron-commander, crown; and whether, under these circumstances he will consider the advisability of introducing a regulation which shall permit flight-commanders to wear a small gold star above the eagle on the left arm, and squadron-commander a small golden crown in the same position, so long as they are attached to the air branch of the Royal Navy?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The principle of distinction of uniform between the ranks of flight-lieutenant, flight-commander, and squadron-commander has been recognised by the Board of Admiralty; the details are now being worked out by the Departments concerned.
§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in view of the expense entailed on young officers attached to the Royal Flying Corps who would have to scrap their old uniform and provide themselves with a completely new kit if the proposed new instruction is enforced, steps will be taken to cancel it?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
Officers posted from other units to the Royal Flying Corps will during the first three months of their service with the Corps wear their former 1851W uniform. Those who are posted direct to the Royal Flying Corps on first commission will wear Royal Flying Corps uniform. Officers who return from abroad will conform within three months of their arrival in England, and officers serving at home by 15th August, 1917. These arrangements should obviate any hardship being incurred through the necessary change of uniform.