Electricians

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Lieut.-Commander Clark Hutchison:

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the continued dissatisfaction felt by men mustered in the electrical trades at the fact that only two groups of Electricians I will have been released during the period August, 1946, to January, 1947; and if he will make a full statement showing the numbers 'of electricians now being recruited or trained, together with a forecast of the release dates for groups of Electricians I above Group 42.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Nottingham Central

Between 1st August, 1946, and 31st January, 1947, we shall have released six groups of Electricians I. On 1st November, 1,113 airmen were on recruit courses before being trained as Electricians II, and 257 and 1,457 were in training as Electricians I and Electricians II respectively. I regret that I cannot forecast the release date for Electricians I above Group 42.

Lieut.-Commander Hutchison:

Will the hon. Gentleman see that this receives publication in R.A.F. orders, because there seems to be a great deal of dis- satisfaction on this point and some misunderstanding?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Nottingham Central

I think that has been covered in a demobform, but I will look into the whole matter and if it is not so I will certainly do what the hon. and gallant Gentleman suggests.