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Establishment, Rhodesia

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the number of officers and men of the R.A.F. who are still stationed in Rhodesia; why the majority of these men have not been sent back to this country, having regard to the fact that less than 100 pilots, mostly Greek personnel, are being trained in the Rhodesia Air Training Group, whilst many of the officers and men of the R.A.F. stationed there have completed well over four years' service in the Colony.

It would be contrary to present policy to give the numbers of Air Force officers and men stationed in particular places, but I can assure the hon. Member that the Royal Air Force establishment in Rhodesia is being rapidly reduced. A small proportion of the present pupils are Greeks who are being trained in accordance with the obligations we have undertaken. There has been some unavoidable delay in transferring men from Rhodesia, but all those who are tour expired will shortly have been relieved.