HC Deb 02 December 1942 vol 385 c1179W
Colonel A. Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent it has been customary during the war to place an officer of the Air Force on the retired list when charges have been made against him, which he has repudiated, and has had no opportunity of answering before a properly constituted court?

Sir A. Sinclair

Both in peace and in war the services of an officer may be dispensed with without court-martial if the circumstances attending the charges against him make it clear that his retention in the Royal Air Force is undesirable. In every such case, the officer concerned is given an opportunity of making a statement which is carefully considered before a decision is reached. An officer who feels himself aggrieved has the right of appeal to the Air Council under Section 42 of the Air Force Act. I am satisfied that these arrangements, which are similar to those in force in the other Services, are equitable.