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Raf Reserve Aircrew (Training)

Volume 526: debated on Monday 5 April 1954

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asked the Undersecretary of State for Air to what extent the difficulty of recruiting suitable aircrew is due to the declining facilities for private flying; and, in view of the fact that Her Majesty's Government's policy of closing Volunteer Reserve schools in this country is leading to a further restriction of flying facilities and the closing of aerodromes, he will now review the Volunteer Reserve training policy.

The Air Council is satisfied that the new policy for training Reserve aircrew at Service units is the right one in present circumstances. I have no evidence that our difficulty in recruiting enough aircrew of the right quality is the result of declining facilities for private flying.