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Gliding Clubs (Air Defence Cadet Corps Training)

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether any arrangements have yet been made to enable some of the Air Defence Cadet Corps members to receive instructions at a gliding centre?

Yes, Sir. I am pleased to say that arrangements have been agreed in principle with the British Gliding Association, under which gliding clubs will make their resources available for giving gliding training to selected members of the Air Defence Cadet Corps. The training will take place in summer camps at gliding centres. The details of the arrangements are now being discussed between the British Gliding Association, the Air League of the British Empire and my Department, and I am hopeful that the scheme will be in operation during the coming summer.

Will my hon. and gallant Friend take account of the fact that these camps should be located in centres where they are easily accessible to cadets?

How many centres is it proposed that there shall be, and how many will be in Scotland?

Negotiations have still to be completed in this matter, and I should prefer to leave it over to the Debate on the Air Estimates, when my right hon. Friend or I will be glad to give any further particulars asked for.