HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc242-3W
119. Mr. Collins

asked the Secretary of State for Air. what progress is being made in the training of new entrants as wireless mechanics; and when he expects the results to be sufficient to permit wireless mechanics to be demobilised at the same time as other tradesmen in the same group.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Nearly 400 airmen are now under training as wireless mechanics. We hope to increase this number but are handicapped by the shortage of instructors. The course is ten months' long and to my regret, I cannot predict how soon the output of trained men will be sufficient to bring this trade into line with the general level of release.