HC Deb 17 April 1946 vol 421 cc444-5W
12. Flight-Lieutenant Haire

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he will make a statement on the progress to date of the educational and vocational training scheme in the R.A.F. and his future policy with regard to it.

Mr. Strachey

The quality and quantity of E.V.T. instruction has been uneven as between Commands and Stations, as I warned the House at the outset that it would be. But by and large a very great deal of good educational work has been done. We owe a great deal of gratitude no: only to the full time instructors but also to those who have worked in their spare time on E.V.T. to help others to get a better start in civil life. As the Royal Air Force drops in numbers the size of the scheme naturally diminishes and by the end of the year E.V.T. in its present form will have served its purpose. We shall then absorb the outstanding E.V.T. commitment into the permanent educational scheme for the postwar Royal Air Force.