asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will revert to the peace-time procedure whereby all annual confidential reports are initialled by the officer reported upon whether adverse or favourable?
No, Sir. The war-time practice of showing officers their confidential reports only when they contain adverse comment has advantages over the peace-time practice and is in line with that adopted in the Army and in the Royal Navy.
The public interest, and the interest of the Service, make it necessary that these reports should contain
candid and realistic assessments of the officers' character and abilities, and this is best served by the present system.