asked the Secretary of State for Employment what arrangements are being made by the Manpower Services Commission to provide conversion training for Her Majesty's Forces' pilots seeking resettlement as civil airline pilots.
The Manpower Services Commission has agreed with the Ministry of Defence a special resettlement scheme to provide conversion training to commercial pilot's and air transport pilot's licence standard for a small number of Her Majesty's Forces pilots each year. The scheme will be open to very experienced fixed-wing pilots leaving Her Majesty's Forces from now on. It will enable the pilots concerned to continue their flying careers in civilian life and will thus ensure that they and the nation continue to draw advantage from the valuable skills they have acquired from their years of experience in Her Majesty's Forces. A copy of the outlines of the scheme has been placed in the Library of the House.