§ Sir F. SYKES
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether the Air Council are considering the amount of daily flying which in peace conditions is being done by the Royal Air Force and the percentage of time spent by officers and men on the ground; whether the Council are satisfied that the amount of flying referred to in his statements on the Air Estimates on 11th March last is adequate both in regard to personnel of service squadrons and of personnel not included in such squadrons; and, if not, whether steps are being taken to ensure adequate and regular flying practice for both these classes of Royal Air Force personnel?
§ Mr. LEACH
In answer to the first part of the question, the Air Council are watching carefully, as they always have done, the amount of daily flying carried out. As regards the second and third parts, the amount of flying carried out has not yet, for various reasons, reached the figure which the Air Council consider should be attained under normal conditions. The amount is, however, slowly increasing, and the Council are satisfied that the steps which they have taken are calculated to ensure adequate and regular1770W flying practice for all officers on the general list of the Royal Air Force, however employed.