HC Deb 07 July 1943 vol 390 c2108W
Mrs. Beatrice Wright

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent he has sought the co-operation of the Army authorities in seconding units, such as the Pioneer Corps, temporarily to those operational stations where highly trained technicians are, due to shortage of staff, being used for such duties as cleaning hangar floors?

Sir A. Sinclair

The services of the Pioneer Corps are needed by the Army. The requirements of the Royal Air Force for skilled tradesmen are met as far as possible by training men who are already employed in unskilled work in the Service. There is plenty of skilled work to do for all the skilled men available, but at this stage of the war skilled men in the Royal Air Force, as in every other walk of life, must be called upon from time to time to do unskilled work to a limited extent in addition to their normal duties.