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West Indians

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Air for what reason 715136 Corporal M. Nicholson, a West Indian, was not allowed to complete his studies in the R.A.F.; and what restrictions exist regarding the enlistment of West Indians

to publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT will include the number of aircraft shot down by artillery in this country?

The figure I have given includes them. If my hon. and gallant Friend puts down a Question, I will give him a detailed answer.

Following is the statement:

in the R.A.F. which are not applied to British subjects from the United Kingdom.

Corporal Nicholson is due for release from the R.A.F., and it seemed unlikely, therefore, that he could complete his studies before the time arrived for his repatriation. It is true that he applied a few months ago to remain in the Service under the Bounty Scheme, but he could not then be accepted because he had not served for the minimum period of two years that the scheme required. He has now finished his two years' service, and has applied again. If, as I hope, his application is approved, he can then complete his studies and take his examination. I am glad to assure the hon. Member that there are no restrictions on the enlistment of West Indians in the R.A.F. which do not equally apply to British subjects from the United Kingdom.