HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc899-900W
Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consider allowing ground staff and other airmen to be released for two or three days to help in agricultural work in the immediate mediate neighbourhood of their station; and if he will also consider releasing men for longer periods in the same way as they are released from the Army?

Sir A. Sinclair

I am afraid that the demands of operations and training upon the services of R.A.F. personnel preclude the adoption of a general arrangement such as that suggested in the first part of the Question. As regards the second part, the practice in the Royal Air Force, as in the Army, is to consider individual applications on their merits.