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Personnel, Far East (Age Limit)

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Air why he has issued an order that men of the 2nd T.A.F., a mixed unit serving in Western Europe, in the 25 Group, over 44 years of age, and in medical categories below Grade 1, are to be posted to Burma.

The instructions to which the hon. Member refers were issued by Headquarters 2nd Tactical Air Force as a guide to liability for service in South-East Asia. They were, in part, capable of misconstruction, and they have now been cancelled pending the issue of more comprehensive information. As regards the maximum age for posting to the Far East, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. E. J. Williams) on 14th February last. I should add that, as regards medical categories, men below Grade I, but above Grade III, are, with certain exceptions, eligible for posting to the Far East.