HC Deb 13 March 1929 vol 226 cc1136-7W

asked the Secretary of State for Air under what conditions aircraft apprentices and ex-aircraft apprentices are permitted to purchase their discharge at the present time?


Apprentices, in common with other recruits, have the right to claim their discharge within three months of their enlistment on payment of £20. If they do not claim discharge within that period, they can only obtain it on very strong compassionate grounds, and the same rule applies to ex-apprentices who have not completed two years' service after leaving the training school. Ex-apprentices who have completed their two years since leaving school may be permitted, if it is possible without detriment to the service, to purchase their discharge by paying £100, reducible in certain cases at the discretion of the Air Council. These rules are necessary owing to the heavy expense of training apprentices.