asked the Secretary of State for Air which squadrons of the Auxiliary Air Force are now fully equipped with jet aircraft; how many are not yet so equipped; and by what date it is expected that all Auxiliary fighter squadrons will be so equipped.
No. 500 is fully equipped. Nos. 501, 605 and 616 are substantially equipped and will shortly complete their re-equipment. Nos. 601, 604, 608 and 504 will be fully equipped by April, 1950. The remaining 12 squadrons will he equipped as aircraft and suitable airfields become available. I cannot yet say when the re-equipment will be complete but I hope it will be by March, 1952. I regret that indicated in the Air Estimates Debate that four squadrons had completed their re-equipment.