HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 c95W
5. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Air what was the number of boys serving in the Royal Air Force at 30th September last; and what numbers signed on for adult service when joining, and for what periods.

Mr. A. Henderson

On 30th September last, 3,720 boys were serving in the Royal Air Force. They entered at ages varying from 15 to 17 and all of them have signed on for periods of Regular service ranging from eight to 12 years commencing from the date of reaching the age of 18. Those who have signed on for less than 12 years Regular service have elected to complete a period in the Reserve after finishing their Regular engagements, which will bring their total service up to 12 years.