§ 39. Sir G. Fox
asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware of the disappointment felt by dental officers in the R.A.F. at the slow rate of release, and if he will take steps to speed up the demobilisation of this branch.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
Yes, Sir, I am aware that dental officers in the Royal Air Force are disappointed at the inevitable delays in their release. Unfortunately, very few dentists are coming to the Air Force from civil life, and although the dental work has been cut down, we shall still be short of officers in the Dental Branch. It is, therefore, impossible at present to speed up the rate of their release, and we have told them that they will reach Group 40 by the end of the year. The general level for ground officers will then be Group 47.