HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 cc83-5W
Mr. Soames

RAF training is designed to fit individuals with the skills to meet the tasks expected of them both now and in the future. Not all training has to take place within fixed time frames. Accordingly, as part of the measures to avoid unnecessary pressure on personnel during transition to the future RAF manning structure, we plan to suspend refresher training in common core skills for the period to March 1997, except where this would prejudice safety standards or jeopardise support for the RAF's operational commitments. Military effectiveness will not be compromised.