Non-Commissioned Air-Crew Personnel (Incapacitation).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Major Hon. Sir Edward Cadogan Major Hon. Sir Edward Cadogan , Bolton

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that when non-commissioned officers of the Royal Air Force are incapacitated by wounds received on operational flights and are, in consequence, transferred to the ground staff, they are liable to lose promotion by such transference; and whether he will give an undertaking that in future non-commissioned officers will not suffer in promotion or pay as a result of wounds received on active service?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Non-commissioned aircrew personnel employed on ground duties while temporarily unfit for flying owing to wounds received in action retain their aircrew rates of pay and eligibility for promotion. If they are permanently incapacitated for flying duty but are fit for ground duty, every endeavour is made to find them employment in which loss of pay or promotion prospects is either avoided altogether or reduced to a minimum. I am considering further measures for improving these arrangements.

Photo of Major Hon. Sir Edward Cadogan Major Hon. Sir Edward Cadogan , Bolton

Would it not be possible to differentiate between those who have been transferred because of wounds and those transferred for other reasons?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I hope I have made it clear that every effort is made to avoid the anomaly. I will pursue the point.

Photo of Major Hon. Sir Edward Cadogan Major Hon. Sir Edward Cadogan , Bolton

May I supply the right hon. Baronet with the details of a particular case which has come to my notice?

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Does this apply to the commissioned ranks in the same degree?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a Question.