§ Mr. Granville
asked the Secretary of State for Air why the rank of Warrant Officer Kennard has been changed to flight-sergeant; and why Kennard has been refused a commission.
§ Sir A. Sinclair
This flight-sergeant was given the acting rank of warrant officer while filling a vacancy in this rank at his unit. Acting rank is, however, tenable only so long as an airman of the appropriate substantive rank is not available, and Kennard accordingly reverted to the rank of flight-sergeant when a warrant officer was posted to the unit. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to him on 22nd February last.