§ Colonel DAY
asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of boys under 17 who have been recruited into the Royal Air Force during the past two months as a result of Press advertisements or otherwise; and whether any of these boys are being, or will be, trained for service on bombing aeroplanes?
§ Sir S. HOARE
As regards the first part of the question, boys are recruited for the Air Force only twice a year, and the last recuiting period was in January, when 350 boys were attested. As regards the second part of the question, none of these boys is under training as a pilot, and it is impossible to foresee whether any, and if so, how many, will eventually he employed for aerial work in bombing squadrons.