§ 67. Mr. Chapman
asked the Secretary of State for Air how many hours per week of theoretical and practical tuition are given to young men who sign for short-period service as a cook; what standard of proficiency they reach at the end of their engagement; and what other longer periods of engagement and training are available.
Recruits may be accepted for training as cooks on any of the standard engagements. Basic training lasts twelve weeks; theoretical instruction averages eleven hours a week and practical work twenty-one hours. At the end of a short engagement an airman should have a good general knowledge of cookery and of kitchen organisation. Those on long-term engagements may after some years practical experience be given advanced training of up to eighteen weeks, his would bring them up to the standard of the City and Guilds diploma for cooking for hotels and catering establishments.