§ 142. Mr. Osborne
asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware of the sense of injustice which some 20,000 N.C.O. aircrew are suffering owing to the threat to reduce them to the rank of A.C.1 on 1st July, 1947, with equivalent reduction in pay, which could normally only ensue from a court martial for some serious breach of discipline; and if he will reconsider their position and either demobilise these men before 1st July, 1947, or permit them to retain their rank and pay after that day until their demobilisation.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
It is not correct to say that N.C.O. aircrew who have been withdrawn from flying duties as surplus to requirements will necessarily be reduced to the rank of A.C.1 on 1st July next, nor would as many as 20,000 airmen be involved. I am able to state, however, that the position of these airmen is receiving further consideration in the light of the statement on the release programme made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 26th November.