§ 52. Mr. Beswick
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is satisfied that recruitment of civil air crew is adequate to meet demand in the near and further future; and what steps he is taking to safeguard this position.
§ Mr. Watkinson
A prospective shortage of pilots, which had been foreseen, now seems likely to develop rather earlier than expected and I am examining, with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air, what steps can be taken to ease the position. I shall also be discussing the subject next week with the Chairman of the Air League of the British Empire who has raised it with me.