HC Deb 28 July 1943 vol 391 cc1607-8W
Mr. Mort

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the practice of classifying men in the Royal Air Force who are reduced in rank as lacking in moral fibre has a bad psychological effect on the man and is considered harsh by civilians; and will he see that the efforts of such brave men, even when they fail, should not be described in such terms?

Sir A. Sinclair

All cases of those who are taken off flying duties for various causes are carefully reviewed. Any cases coming under the classification to which the hon. Member refers are examined by the unit, station and group commanders and, finally, are reviewed, individually, at the Air Ministry. Every aspect of each case and every available report concerning the man's career is taken into account, while he is invited to make a written statement before any decision is reached. I do not consider that for the limited number of these cases treatment is harsh or unwarranted.