HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1215-6W
Sir R. Acland

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in respect of those who had a bona fide intention of presenting themselves for entry into Cranwell College this autumn, he can make any arrangements analogous to those announced on the 5th of this month by the Secretary of State for War?

Sir K. Wood

The case of boys who intended to present themselves for entry into Cranwell is different from that of boys who were working for the Army entrance examination, since it is open to them to seek enlistment as aircrew members in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve any time after reaching the age of 18. I have arranged, however, for special consideration to be given to applications received from boys who can show that they have been reading for the Cranwell entrance examination.

Successful applicants will have the ordinary opportunity of being recommended for a war-time commission in the General Duties Branch either on completion of training or subsequently. After the war, those commissioned will be eligible to be considered with other wartime entrants for such permanent officer vacancies as may exist in the peace-time establishment.