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Demobilisation (Notices)

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air (1) when he hopes to be in a position to announce the result of the review by his Department of the possibility of speeding up demobilisation now that all belligerency is at an end; and if he is aware that all R.A.F. personnel are anxious to hear something definite as to the probable date of their release, there being at present more than two-thirds of those serving entirely without information of this kind;(2) when he proposes to make public the programme of releases from the R.A.F. beyond that already announced up to and including 30th September; and if he will bear in mind, in this connection, the desirability of giving personnel as long notice as possible of the probable date of release of their group.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service. We appreciate the importance of giving early information about demobilisation, and it will be the aim to give all members of the Air Force not less than three months' notice of their release date.