HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 c120W
99 and 100. Mr. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for Air (1) if he is aware that approximately 70 per cent. of the work of the meteorological section of the R.A.F. in Burma is for and on behalf of civilian airlines; and why R.A.F. personnel are detained beyond the normal R.A.F. releases in order to perform work for civilian air lines.

(2) What charge is made to civilian air lines for services rendered by the meteorological section of the R.A.F. stationed in Burma; and, in view of the compulsory detention beyond normal release groups for this work, if he will consider the question of extra remuneration to the personnel engaged in the work.

Mr. de Freitas

R.A.F. meteorologists are stationed in Burma to give a continuous meteorological service to Far East Command. The same service is given free to civil air lines without employing any staff beyond what is needed by the R.A.F. The release of these meteorologists is not affected by their work for civil air lines. The question of extra pay does not arise.