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Airfield Construction Squads

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what was the number of architects, draughtsmen and operatives in the airfield construction squadrons of the R.A.F. on VE-Day; what was the corresponding number on the latest convenient date; and what steps are being taken for the use of these men with a view to maximum progress with the housing programme.

On 1st May the total figures for the airfield construction trades in the Air Force were 433 officers and 16,685 airmen; on 1st October they were 430 and 15,662. Of course the majority are building tradesmen, and I will send the hon. and gallant Member the details he has requested as soon as they are available. Our requirements which are almost all overseas are constantly under review. I am also examining the possibility of those few men who are at home helping with other work of national importance.