HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 cc1414-5W
Sir I. Albery

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many officers and noncommissioned officers appointed to the Royal Air Force were drawing full pay during the month of September without any employment or instructional facilities being available; and what is the longest period during which an officer or noncommissioned officer has continued in this position?

Sir K. Wood

No officers have been in receipt of pay without employment; but at the beginning of October, some 3,000 non-commissioned officers had been in this position since the general mobilisation on 1st September. They are being absorbed in Service vacancies as and when training facilities are available, and they should all be absorbed in the course of the next month.