Royal Air Force.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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Captain GUEST:

As the result of a deputation which I received on this subject, I reviewed individually and with great care the 14 eases of all those non-ex-service members of the Department who were being held as indispensable either temporarily or permanently. As a result, notice of discharge was given to five of those in question. In the case of those of the remainder who come within the category stated in the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question, I exercised my discretion under paragraph 9 of the Third Report of the Lytton Committee. The reason in each case was the paramount necessities of the Department in existing circumstances. I have already given instructions that these appointments shall be reviewed from time to time with a view either to their termination or to substitution, if it should be found, that qualified ex-service substitutes are available.