HC Deb 24 October 1945 vol 414 c2155W
Mr. Driberg

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he will make a statement on pay, pensions and conditions of regular service in the R.A.F.

Mr. Bartlett

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air when he will be in a position to announce the long-term conditions of service in the R.A.F.

Mr. Strachey

I would refer the hon. Members to the reply which I gave on 10th October to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. W. J. Brown).

Captain C. Smith

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, as a means of speeding R.A.F. release, he will consider an interim scheme of short-term regular service, pending the announcement of conditions of service for the peacetime Air Force, on sufficiently attractive terms to ensure the retention of the necessary experienced specialist personnel.

Mr. Strachey

Conditions of service for the post-war Air Force will be announced as soon as possible. Meanwhile officers may apply to extend their service, and serving airmen in ground trades to enlist for between three and seven years' regular service. Recruits can also be accepted either for regular service or in the R.A.F.V.R. for the duration of the present emergency.

Wing-Commander Millington

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the desire, particularly amongst demobilised aircrews, for some organisation of a reserve or auxiliary nature in which they can retain their interest and skill in military aviation; and whether he has any statement to make on this subject.

Mr. Strachey

Yes, Sir. I am aware of such a desire and I hope that it will be possible for a statement to be made soon.