Ground Officers Selection Centre, Uxbridge

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 January 1959.

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Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey 12:00, 28 January 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many officers of the rank of squadron leader and above are on the staff of the Ground Officers Selection Centre at Uxbridge; what are their ages; and for how long they have held their existing ranks, acting, temporary or substantive.

Mr. Ward:

As the Answer is in the form of a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

May we have an assurance that the officers at this centre, a very important place, are the very finest possible men for this job and that they have not been selected merely because they are of an age when they could not get anything else to do?

Mr. Ward:

I appreciate the spirit behind the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question. I am quite satisfied that

BranchAgeSeniority
1 Group CaptainGeneral Duties47January, 1954
3 Wing CommandersGeneral Duties46October, 1946
Secretarial43January, 1953
Secretarial44January, 1954
13 Squadron LeadersGeneral Duties39July, 1951
General Duties38July, 1956
General Duties39July, 1957
General Duties44July, 1954 (supernumerary)
Secretarial46July, 1948
Secretarial38January, 1956
Technical46January, 1954
Technical44July, 1954
Technical44July, 1954
Equipment50July, 1954
Education44July, 1951
Education42November, 1951
Education37February, 1955

Note.—In each instance the rank held is substantive.