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Aircraft (Syria)

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1950

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57.

asked the Minister of Defence whether he is aware that 14 aircraft bought by the Syrian Govern-

Increases in pay have been approved for medical and dental officers of the three Services. In addition there will be increases in specialist pay for medical and dental specialists in the Royal Navy and Army; in the Royal Air Force specialist qualifications will continue to be recognised by a system of accelerated promotion. The increased rates will not apply to National Service officers until they have completed 18 months' whole-time service. The increases and new rates which will take effect from 1st September, 1950, are as follow:ment in this country have not been delivered, although the contract was placed a long time ago and the planes are finished; and whether steps will be taken to have them now released.

Only two of these aircraft are finished, and the remainder are still under construction. In view of the changed circumstances resulting from the increased armament needs of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and N.A.T.O. Powers, it will not be possible to authorise delivery of these aircraft in present conditions.