HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 cc1066-7W
Mr. E. Smith

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air why the vacancies for pilots in the Royal Air Force should be restricted to candidates who have been able to secure the school certificate; and whether he will consider opening the service to all between 18 and 25 years of age who are suitable for pilots or who can be trained to become efficient pilots?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

It is not essential for a candidate for appointment as pilot to possess a school certificate, but the educational standard required to enable a candidate to perform his work satisfactorily at a training unit is best indicated by that of the school certificate examination. The object of regulations embodying the essential requirement of a certain educational standard is to secure the services of persons within the prescribed age limits who are likely to become efficient pilots.