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Overseas Postings

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 1 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Air why British subjects of non-European descent, serving in the Royal Air Force, are not granted overseas postings; and if he will remove this discrimination.

Every man serving in the Royal Air Force, whether he be of European or non-European descent, is eligible for posting to any part of the world in which there are R.A.F. units.

Can my right hon. and learned Friend say whether that very welcome announcement indicates a change of policy on the part of his Department and the other Service Departments as well?

No, Sir. I am not able to speak for other Departments, and, so far as my own Department is concerned, I do not think there has ever been any question of racial discrimination in its policy.

With all respect, is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that that is not the case? I can submit evidence of it; but I am very glad that he has made this new announcement.