HC Deb 05 August 1919 vol 119 cc198-9W

asked the Undersecretary of State to the Air Ministry if he can make a statement as to the names, salaries, and working of General Sykes' staff in the Civil Aviation Department?

Major-General SEELY

The following members of the staff of the Civil Aviation Department are being paid the civil rates shown:

  • Major-General Sir F. H. Sykes. — £2,000 plus £500 retired pay
  • Major-General E. D. Swinton — £1,800 less 10 per cent. deduction on account of pension.
  • Lieut-Colonel W. O. Raikes—£ 1,000.
  • Mr. G. B. Cockburn.— £800.
  • Mr. J. M. Pearson.—£280 plus bonus.

Other gentlemen are serving in the Civil Aviation Department as officers, and these are in receipt of Staff rates of pay or pay and allowances of their rank. Letters offering civil appointments in those cases agreed by the Treasury have been sent.

Captain W. BENN

asked the Under-secretary of State to the Air Ministry whether he can make a statement regarding the organisation of the Civil Aviation Department, especially the training and licensing or commercial pilots?

Major-General SEELY

As regards the first part of the question, the organisation of the Department of Civil Aviation is proceeding on the general lines indicated in the Memorandum circulated amongst Members by me on the 30thApril last. Treasury sanction has been obtained for a certain proportion of the staff provisionally asked for by the Air Ministry. Since the date of the Memorandum referred to, all the meteorological services have become part of the Department of Civil Aviation. As regards the second part of the question, the Department of Civil Aviation does not undertake the training of pilots, but it licenses pilots possessing the qualifications prescribed in the Air Navigation Regulations.